Crews named Golden Spikes semifinalist, FSS alums making impact during conference tourneys

Dylan Crews has reached base in every single game this season.

Of course we’re going to write about him.

The likely No. 1 overall pick in the 2023 MLB Draft added yet another accomplishment to a very long list this past week, earning a spot on the semifinalists list for the Golden Spikes Award, awarded annual to college baseball’s best player.

Entering the week, Crews had established an absurd 59-game on-base streak that stretched all the way back to last season, and was ranked in the top ten in the nation in OBP, runs scored, walks and batting average. Even with LSU having suffered a stunning exit in the SEC Tournament, Crews still delivered, having put together an eight-game hitting streak, in which he hit two homers and drove in five runs over that stretch.

Tommy Troy, INF — Stanford

Another familiar name, right? Even on another team that suffered another shocking early-round exit in their conference tournament, the Stanford standout just kept hitting. Likely a mid-first rounder in the upcoming 2023 MLB Draft, the talented junior delivered multi-hit performances against both Cal and Arizona this past weekend, including a homer in the loss to the Wildcats.

Max Carlson, P — North Carolina

The junior righty starter got the start on the ACC Network against Georgia Tech earlier this week, and did well to keep his Tarheels in a game they ultimately won. The 2018 International Week alum scattered six hits over four innings of work, allowing just one run while striking out four in North Carolina’s 11-5 win.

Jake DeLeo, OF — Georgia Tech

You may see where this is headed. DeLeo, who played in International Week one year later when it debuted at Fenway Park, faced Carlson on Tuesday, and went 2-for-5 on the day with a team-high three RBI and a double. A two-time ACC Academic Honor Roll member, the junior outfielder has been climbing up Draft boards as July approaches.

Nick Hollifield, C — UAB

Hollifield was recently named to the Conference USA All-Freshman Team, starting eight games for UAB this season. He delivered two multi-hit games for the Blazers this year, and drew 10 walks in just 55 plate appearances.

Aidan Meola, INF — Oklahoma State

Meola, who was on the star-studded Scorpions team at the National Tournaments in 2019, smacked a walk-off homer for Oklahoma State to knock Texas Tech out of the Big 12 Tournament. The sophomore infielder is now hitting .329 on the year despite missing nearly six weeks due to injury.

Kurtis Byrne, C — TCU

Byrne’s longball on Saturday helped push TCU into the Big 12 title game, continuing a huge junior season for the talented catcher. Byrne now has seven homers on the year, including two this past weekend in which he went 6-for-12 overall.

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