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UNC's Bukauskas one of four Golden Spikes finalists

Posted June 14

JB Bukauskas throws a pitch in the opener against NC State (2017)

North Carolina pitcher J.B. Bukauskas is one of four national finalists for the Golden Spikes Award -- college baseball's top honor.

Bukauskas was named the ACC Pitcher of the Year after tallying an 8-0 record and 106 strikeouts in 82 innings. He also ranked top-five nationally with a 1.87 ERA as the Friday-night starter for North Carolina. He was named first-team All-ACC as well as a first-team All-American by Baseball America and Collegiate Baseball. The Houston Astros drafted Bukauskas in the 2017 MLB Draft with the 15th overall pick.

Of the four finalists for the award, three are from the ACC as Adam Haseley (Virginia) and Brendan McKay (Louisville) join Bukauskas.

Haseley was named first-team All-ACC and a first-team All-American by Baseball America in 2017 after he finished the regular season as the league’s batting champion with a .400 average. He was drafted eighth overall by the Philadelphia Phillies in the 2017 MLB Draft.

McKay was named the 2017 ACC Player of the Year while also earning All-ACC first team honors as both a starting pitcher and designated hitter. He was drafted fourth overall in the 2017 MLB Draft by the Tampa Bay Rays.

The fourth of the finalists is Mississippi State's Brent Rooker.

Four different ACC players have won the Golden Spikes Award -- Georgia Tech’s Jason Varitek (1994), Florida State’s J.D. Drew (1997), Clemson’s Khalil Greene (2002), and Florida State’s Buster Posey (2008).

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