Rich Poythress semifinalist for Golden Spike Award

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Tuesday May 26, 2009

ATHENS-----Georgia junior first baseman Rich Poythress is one of 30
semifinalists for the 2009 Golden Spikes Award, given annually to the
nation's premier amateur baseball player, it was announced Tuesday by
USA Baseball.

A native of Grovetown, Ga., Poythress is batting .370 with 21 home
runs and 77 RBI and hit .360 average in league play. He is among the
SEC leaders in batting, slugging, on-base percentage, runs, hits,
doubles, home runs and total bases. He needs just one RBI to break
Gordon Beckham’s single season school record 77 RBI last year, and
Poythress is the first player in Georgia history to record two 70 RBI
seasons after driving in 75 runs a year ago. He is two home runs shy
of tying Josh Morris and Andy Osbolt for second on Georgia’s single
season home runs list. Poythress was voted first team All-SEC and was
also named to the All-Defensive team for the second straight year.

After accepting nominations from sports information directors across
the country, a committee voted to determine the 30 semifinalists.
The names of the 30 semifinalists will now be forwarded to a voting
body of 125 who will select the five finalists and the eventual 2009
USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award winner. Former Bulldog Gordon
Beckham was a finalist for the award last year.

Poythress and the Bulldogs (37-22) open play in the NCAA Tallahassee
Regional Friday against Ohio State.