Cresse Named Finalist for Golden Spikes Award
BATON ROUGE, La. — Former LSU catcher Brad Cresse is one of five finalists for the 2000 Golden Spikes Award, given annually by USA Baseball to the nation’s outstanding amateur player. USA Baseball, in conjunction with the Major League Baseball Players Association, will announce the winner of the award Nov. 3 in Las Vegas. The award is presented to the player who exhibits exceptional athletic ability and exemplary sportsmanship.
The other 2000 finalists are pitcher Kip Bouknight of South Carolina, pitcher Beau Hale of Texas, third baseman Mark Teixeira of Georgia Tech and pitcher Justin Wayne of Stanford.
Cresse, a native of Seal Beach, Calif., led the nation last season in home runs (30) and RBI (106), and he delivered the game-winning hit for LSU in the College World Series championship game.
Cresse’s ninth-inning single — which came against Stanford’s Wayne — drove home the winning run in the Tigers’ 6-5 victory over the Cardinal, giving LSU its fifth NCAA title in 10 seasons.
Cresse, a 2000 consensus first-team all-American and a first-team all-SEC selection, was named in June as the recipient of the Johnny Bench Award, which is presented to the nation’s outstanding catcher. Cresse was also one of three finalists earlier this summer for the 2000 Rotary Smith Award, which presented to the college player of the year.
Cresse was a fifth-round draft pick in June by the Arizona Diamondbacks, and he is currently playing for the D-backs’ AA affiliate.
Cresse is one of seven LSU players to be named Golden Spikes Award finalists, including pitcher Ben McDonald, the 1989 award recipient. LSU’s other finalists include pitcher Lloyd Peever (1992), second baseman Todd Walker (1993, 1994), shortstop Russ Johnson (1994), shortstop Brandon Larson (1997) and first baseman Eddy Furniss (1998).