Hudson Haskin named to USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List

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Hudson Haskin
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NEW ORLEANS, La. – For the first time since 2008 and just the second time in program history, a Tulane baseball player has been selected to the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award Preseason Watch List as sophomore outfielder Hudson Haskin was one of 55 players named to the 2020 list the organization announced Thursday afternoon.

Haskin joins former Green Wave standout Shooter Hunt as being the only two players in the history of the program to be named to the preseason list for the award that goes to the top amateur baseball player in the United States. Hunt went on to be named a semifinalist for the award that season.

The sophomore is the fifth player to don the Olive & Blue to be associated with the Golden Spikes Award, as last season Kody Hoese was named to the midseason watch list and eventually named a semifinalist in last year’s voting. Rob Segedin was named a semifinalist for the award in the 2010 season, as Michael Aubrey remains the only player in team history to be a finalist for the award.

It’s the sixth preseason honor for Haskin this offseason as he was named a preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball back in mid-December, by Perfect Game/Rawlings on January 7, by D1 Baseball on January 21 and by the NCBWA on February 6. On January 30 he was one of three Tulane players selected to the Preseason All-American Athletic Conference team.

Haskin is one of just two players from the American Athletic Conference to be named to the list along with ECU’s Alec Burleson.

Haskin began his Green Wave career last season by finishing second on the team with a .372 batting average after playing in 56 games with 50 starts. His 77 hits and 52 RBI were third on the team, finishing second on the squad in doubles with 19, triples with four, home runs with 10.

He ended the season leading The American in batting average with a .432 mark in league games and a .536 mark in on-base percentage, while closing out the year on a seven-game hitting streak, reaching base safely in 13 consecutive outings.

The Golden Spikes Award Advisory Board will maintain a rolling list of players, allowing athletes to play themselves into consideration for the award throughout the season.

Fan nominations and voting will once again play a part in the Golden Spikes Award in 2020. Amateur baseball fans will be able to nominate their favorite players to be in consideration for the 2020 award starting February 14 until April 6 on, prior to the announcement of the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list. In addition, fans will once again be able to vote for their favorite players, starting on May 14 with the naming of the Golden Spikes Award semifinalists.

USA Baseball will announce the finalists for the award on May 28 and fan voting will open at concurrently, remaining open through June 7.

The Winner of the 43rd Golden Spikes Award will be named Thursday, June 11

Tulane will open the 2020 season on Friday at Greer Field at Turchin Stadium with a three-game series against Florida Gulf Coast.

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