WILMINGTON, North Carolina – UNCW senior middle infielder Michael Bass has been named to USA Baseball’s midseason Golden Spikes Award Watch List to commemorate the nation’s top amateur player.

Bass is one of 60 players on the prestigious list, along with instate rivals Kent Emanuel (LHP, UNC Chapel Hill), Jeff Hoffman (RHP, East Carolina), Colin Moran (INF, UNC Chapel Hill), Carlos Rodon (LHP, NC State) and Trea Turner (INF, NC State) and Colonial Athletic Association rival Jimmy Yezzo (INF, Delaware).

“This is a well deserved honor for Michael,” said UNCW Head Coach Mark Scalf. “He’s had a tremendous senior season and become a leader on the club.”

Past winners of the honor include Terry Francona (1980), Will Clark (1985), Robin Ventura (1988), Jason Varitek (1994), J.D. Drew (1997), Mark Prior (2001), Jered Weaver (2004), Tim Lincecum (2006) and David Price (2007).

Bass leads the Seahawks and is ranked sixth nationally with a .426 batting average and owns the nation’s longest active on-base streak at 41 games. Earlier this season, Bass tied the UNCW hitting streak record of 26 games and owns an eight-game streak entering this weekend’s series with Northeastern at Brooks Field.

Fueling the Seahawks offense from the top of the lineup, Bass is seventh nationally in runs per game (1.21) and 21st in runs scored (47). He also ranks 37th in stolen bases with 20 and has only been caught once. His on-base average of .511 ranks him eighth in the NCAA.

Bass is among UNCW’s all-time leaders in seven categories, including hits (fifth, 241), stolen bases (fifth, 70), assists (5th, 454), double players turned (sixth, 89), at bats (eighth, 731), games started (193) and triples (ninth, 8).

The Seahawks return to action when they open a three-game series against CAA rival Northeastern on May 3 at Brooks Field. First-pitch is slated for 6 p.m.