The fifth-ranked UNC baseball team has played well enough throughout the first half of 2017 to garner more than its fair share of national attention.
Wednesday afternoon brought a little more, as starting pitcher JB Bukauskas and shortstop Logan Warmoth were each named to the Midseason Watch List for the prestigious Golden Spikes Award.
The juniors are two of 40 players hoping to earn the award, which is given annually to the top amateur baseball player in the country.
Bukauskas–who was recently named a First Team Midseason All-American–has led the way for UNC on the mound this season. The Ashburn, Virginia native has posted a 1.76 ERA in eight starts, while striking out an incredible 75 hitters in just 51 innings.
Warmoth, meanwhile, has helped lead an offensive resurgence that has the Tar Heels thinking about huge postseason goals.
Having posted a .348 batting average, seven home runs and 15 stolen bases to this point, Warmoth leads the team in all three major categories.
Both players have also played well enough this season to earn their way into the top 10 of D1Baseball.com’s college prospect rankings.
Bukauskas checks in at No. 3 on the list with Warmoth coming in just behind at No. 7.