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Spikes Left Fielder
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Centre Daily Times | 08/27/2006 | Spikes get much-needed win
UNIVERSITY PARK--If State College Spikes left fielder Nathan Southard is involved, the ending must be twisted.Yet, what happened Saturday might have been the most curious ending of the three wacky ones Southard has helped produce this month.This time, Southard didn't need an inside-the-park homer or squeeze bunt.In fact, he didn't move his bat.Daniel Nieves walked Southard on a 3-2 fastball with two outs and the bases loaded to score Yonathan Sivira as the Spikes defeated Auburn 3-2 in 10 innings before 4,352 fans at Medlar Field at Lubrano Park."This was exciting," Southard said."I knew it was up to me," Southard said."Win it here or keep going."The sequence will be vividly remembered:Southard fouled off a fastball.He fouled off a changeup.He took three straight pitches - fastball outside, changeup high and fastball high.With the count at 3-2, the entire crowd started clapping and Southard sent a shot that curved four toward the Auburn bullpen.Southard then took a low and inside fastball to score Sivira, who entered the game as a pinch runner after 19-year-old catcher Steve Gonzalez started the inning with a single."Daley threw really well and our bullpen came in and gave us a chance to win," Southard said.
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Centre Daily Times | 09/18/2006 | Spikes players enjoyed stay
"It was more than I expected," State College Spikes outfielder Nathan Southard said."I didn't expect it to be such a nice field and such a nice city, and I didn't expect to be treated so well as a minor-leaguer."Southard and the other 41 players who spent time with the Spikes had pleasant memories of State College.
Centre Daily Times | 09/08/2006 | Spikes cap inaugural season with win to wind up three games over .500
Left fielder Nathan Southard, who finished the season hitting .306 and recorded more game-changing hits than anybody on the roster, belted run-scoring doubles in the first and fifth innings.
Centre Daily Times | 08/11/2006 | Spikes trio headed to NY-PL All-Star game
Left fielder Nathan Southard called it an "honor."Either way, they are headed to the same place next week.Craig, Van Slyke and Southard will represent the State College Spikes on a team comprised of players from National League affiliates during next Wednesday's New York-Penn League All-Star game at Aberdeen's Ripken Stadium.Southard and Craig earned all-star honors during their first professional seasons, while Van Slyke is a second time NY-PL all-star selection.Southard and Craig earned their selections after making smooth transitions to professional baseball.Craig, an eighth-round draft pick from California, entered Thursday hitting .287 with four homers and 27 RBIs."It's pretty sweet to go to an all-star game your first pro year," he said."I hear Aberdeen is awesome and I'm looking forward to it."Southard, a 17th-round pick from Tulane, is ranked among the league leaders in multiple categories.His .312 batting average ranked 10th among players averaging 2.7 plate appearances per game and he was leading the league in extra-base hits (23), doubles (17) and slugging percentage (.516)."I go out there every day and try to get a hit every time," Southard said.Craig, Southard and Van Slyke have all been granted permission to play in the game by the Cardinals.