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OSU’s Melton on Golden Spikes watch list

CARY, N.C. — Oregon State outfielder Jacob Melton and left-handed pitcher Cooper Hjerpe have been named to the 2022 Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list, USA Baseball announced Tuesday.

Melton leads the Pac-12 Conference and is tied for sixth nationally with 41 RBIs. The Medford native is batting .376, just one point shy of teammate Travis Bazzana for the OSU lead, with a team-best nine home runs. He has a 1.131 OPS this season thanks to a .726 slugging percentage and .405 on-base percentage.

Hjerpe, meanwhile, is 6-0 this season and has 68 strikeouts, which is tied for fifth nationally. He’s coming off his second Pac-12 Pitcher of the Week honor after striking out 17 versus Stanford Friday, which tied a 28-year old Oregon State record and stands as the most by an NCAA Division I pitcher this season. Hjerpe was also named the Co-National Pitcher of the Week by the NCBWA on Tuesday.

Oregon State is one of eight teams nationally with two or more players on the watch list, and is the only school from the Pac-12 with that distinction.

Hjerpe and Melton give the Beavers 18 selections on the midseason watch list since 2013, which ties Vanderbilt for the most nationally. OSU’s 18 doubles Arizona State’s nine, as the Sun Devils have the second-most among Pac-12 programs.

Additionally, 13 Oregon State players have combined for those 18 selections, the third-most in the nation.

Former South Medford standout and current Oregon State outfielder Jacob Melton was named to the Golden Spikes award midseason watch list.