Former Greenbrier star on Golden Spikes award list

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Tuesday Feb. 17, 2009

ATHENS-----Georgia junior first baseman Rich Poythress has been named
to the 2009 Golden Spikes Award Watch list, USA Baseball announced
Tuesday. The award is given annually to the top player in college
baseball and is sponsored by Major League Baseball.

The watch list features 50 of the nation’s top collegiate talents,
and it will be a “rolling” list to ensure that athletes can play
themselves into consideration for the Golden Spikes Award.

A native of Grovetown, Ga., Poythress has been named preseason All-
America by Baseball America and the Louisville Slugger. He has also
been named to the Brooks Wallace Player of the Year Watch List.
Poythress became the second Bulldog in school history to earn a
Rawlings Gold Glove in 2008. With the award, Poythress was named the
nation's top defensive first baseman and one of just nine Division I
players to receive a Gold Glove. He was second on the team with a .
374 average, 15 home runs and 75 RBI. He was also named to the All-
SEC Defensive Team.