FAYETTEVILLE — Arkansas junior pitcher Ryne Stanek has been selected as one of 30 semifinalists for the USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award, as announced on Tuesday afternoon. The USA Baseball Golden Spikes Award is presented to the nation’s top amateur baseball player. The 30 semifinalists will be narrowed to three finalists on June 4 with the winner of the award being revealed on Friday, July 19, on the MLB Network show The Rundown. Fans can also have their say on who they think should win the award by going online to GoldenSpikesAward.com and selecting their favorite amateur player. A native of Overland Park, Kan., Stanek has been one of the top pitchers in the country during his junior season. The right hander has started 15 games and has a 9-2 record with a 1.40 ERA, which is the lowest in the Southeastern Conference and 11th-lowest nationally. Stanek’s ERA of 1.40 currently ranks as the third-lowest single-season ERA in school history. Stanek has saved some of his best performances for the end of the season, winning six of his last seven starts and turning in a quality start (6 or more innings pitched, 3 or fewer earned runs) in seven of his last nine starts. Stanek has allowed two or fewer earned runs in 13 of his 15 starts and allowed one earned run or less in 10 of 11 starts vs. SEC opponents. In 11 starts vs. SEC opponents in 2013, Stanek has compiled an 8-1 record with a 0.86 ERA. In 73 innings vs. SEC foes, Stanek has allowed 14 runs, seven earned, on 54 hits and struck out 60 batters, while holding the opposition to a .203 batting average. Stanek was even better when the team needed him the most, after losing the opening game of a series. In four SEC starts in the second game of a series, Stanek was 4-0 with a 0.33 ERA, allowing just one earned run in 27.1 innings. Stanek has pitched in 47 games, including 44 starts, in his collegiate career and has a 21-8 record with a 2.59 ERA. His career ERA of 2.59 currently ranks as the sixth-lowest in school history. In 246.2 innings, Stanek has allowed 87 runs, 71 earned, on 195 hits, while striking out 200 batters. Opposing hitters are batting just .220 off of Stanek in his career as a Razorback. The No. 15 Arkansas baseball team, a two seed in the Manhattan Regional, begins play in the 2013 NCAA Tournament on Friday at 7 p.m. as it faces No. 3 seed Bryant in the first round at Tointon Family Stadium. Host school and No. 1 seed Kansas State will face No. 4 seed Wichita State in the other first round game on Friday at 2 p.m.