Tulane’s Kody Hoese selected as Golden Spikes Award Semifinalist

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Kody Hoese
(Photo :Parker Waters)

NEW ORLEANS, La. – For the third time in the history of the program, a Tulane baseball player has been named a semifinalist for the top award in all of amateur baseball as junior infielder Kody Hoese has made the list of 25 players still in the running for the USA Baseball 2019 Golden Spikes Award the organization announced Wednesday afternoon.

Hoese joins former Green Wave players Rob Segedin in 2010 and Shooter Hunt in 2008 to be named a semifinalist for one of baseball’s top prizes, as the Griffith, Indiana, native will now look to become just the second to be named a finalist in joining Michael Aubrey who made the final cut back in 2003.

Hoese is the only player from the American Athletic Conference to be selected to the list.

Going into the final week of the regular season, with the American Athletic Conference tournament on the horizon, Hoese has a chance to finish his junior season as one of the most prolific hitters in Tulane history by the end of the year, currently ranking nationally in over a dozen categories.

Hoese currently leads the Green Wave with a .403 batting average, producing 85 hits with 19 doubles, 23 home runs, 60 RBI and 67 runs scored, while slugging .820 with a .496 on-base percentage. If the season ended today, the batting average would be fifth in a single season at Tulane, with the slugging mark being second and 173 total bases sitting ninth.

His 23 home runs are currently joint tied for the most in the country, while also tying for the second-most for a player in a single season in program history. Hoese also ranks in the top 20 in the country in batting average, home runs per game, slugging percentage, runs per game, hits, runs, doubles and hits per game.

Hoese leads the squad with 26 multi-hit outings this year, including being the first of two players this year to have five hits in a game for the first time since 2013. He also leads the team with 17 multi-RBI contests, still holding the mark for the longest hitting streak on the team for a player at 19 games, while reaching base safely in 35 games at one point this year.

Just last weekend at Houston, Hoese produced his third multi-home run game of the season in a win over the Cougars, tying the school record for the most hit in a single game with three coming against Lamar.

This season alone, Hoese has twice been named the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week, three times selected to the league’s weekly honor roll, while also being the NCBWA National Hitter of the Week.

Both D1 Baseball and Perfect Game named Hoese to their Midseason All-American lists as a first team selection, as well as being a midseason addition to the Bobby Bragan Collegiate Slugger Award watch list.

The list of semifinalists spans 20 different colleges and universities, one high school and nine NCAA conferences.

Beginning with the announcement of semifinalists, a ballot will be sent to the Golden Spikes Award voting body consisting of national baseball media, select professional baseball personnel, previous Golden Spikes Award winners and select USA Baseball staff, totaling a group of over 200 voters. From Wednesday, May 15 through Sunday, May 26, each voting member will select three athletes from the Golden Spikes Award ballot of semifinalists and fan voting will simultaneously be open on GoldenSpikesAward.com. Selections made by the voting body will carry a 95% weight of each athlete’s total, while fan votes will account for the remaining 5%.

The finalists will then be announced on Wednesday, May 29. Beginning that same day through Monday, June 10, the voting body and fans will be able to cast their final vote for the Golden Spikes Award winner.

Fans can vote online up to 25 times per day at https://www.usabaseball.com/golden-spikes-award/nominees/2019.

The winner of the 42nd Golden Spikes Award will be named on Friday, June 14.

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