CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. – Virginia left-handed pitcher Andrew Abbott (Republican Grove, Va.) has been named as one of 25 semifinalists for the Golden Spikes Award, annually bestowed on the top amateur baseball player of the year. Fan voting will once again be a part of the award and is open until June 15.

Abbott is the ninth semifinalist in program history, the fourth-most of any college baseball program. Virginia has been represented in eight different years, tied for the third-most in the NCAA. Abbott is the first semifinalist since the duo of Adam Haseley and Pavin Smith were included on the prestigious list in 2017. All nine semifinalist in UVA history have played under head coach Brian O’Connor.

The Virginia ace ranks third in the country with 144 strikeouts, the third most ever in a single season by a Cavalier pitcher. A First Team All-ACC selection, Abbott delivered down the stretch tossing 31-straight scoreless innings. He did not allow a run in four-straight starts that featured 6.1 scoreless against top-seeded Notre Dame in the ACC Tournament. He had five starts in 2021 where he fanned 10 or more batters, including a career-high 16 batters in 7.1 innings of a combined no-hitter against Wake Forest.

The lefthander entered the NCAA Tournament atop the ACC leaderboard in wins, ERA, and strikeouts. One of the top relievers in the country prior to the 2021 season, Abbott converted to a starter and has compiled 309 career strikeouts in four seasons, only the second UVA pitcher ever to reach the 300 strikeout plateau.


 Year   Player  Position
 2021  Andrew Abbott  LHP
 2017  Adam Haseley *  LHP/OF
 2017  Pavin Smith  1B/OF
 2016  Connor Jones  RHP
 2014  Nathan Kirby  LHP
 2011  Danny Hultzen*  LHP
 2010  Danny Hultzen  LHP
 2008  Pat McAnaney  LHP
 2007  Sean Doolittle  LHP/1B
 2007  Jacob Thompson  RHP

*Named Finalist for the award

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