LaPorta Semifinalist For Golden Spikes Award
GAINESVILLE Senior Matt LaPorta is among 50 semifinalists for the 2007 USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award for the nation's premier amateur baseball player.
LaPorta is among the nation's and the conference leaders in several offensive categories. He is on a 20 game hitting streak entering this weekend's series against Alabama. He leads the league in batting average (.431), slugging percentage (.854), on-base percentage (.577) and home runs.
He is hitting an SEC-best .478 with a .955 slugging percentage, .609 on-base percentage and nine home runs. He is the only person to be selected as SEC Player of the Week multiples times this season and has earned National Player of the Week recognition from both Louisville Slugger and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.