Baseball candidates announced for 2011 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award

February 24, 2011

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OVERLAND PARK, KS – Thirty NCAA® baseball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates today for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition. The list of candidates follows this release.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.

The 2011 candidate class includes 15 student-athletes with cumulative grade point averages of better than a 3.5, including three with perfect 4.0 GPAs. Seven are from teams ranked in the Collegiate Baseball preseason top 35 poll.

Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the winner June 24 at the NCAA College World Series® in Omaha.

Baseball 2011 Candidates

Name Position School
Connor Bernatz Outfield San Francisco
Dan Bracey Pitcher Columbia
Ryan Court Third Base Illinois State
Josh Cryer Catcher/Utility Southeastern Louisiana
Chris Dennis Pitcher Portland
Brandon Eckerle Center Field Michigan State
Clint Ewing Catcher Louisiana Tech
Mike Frongello Pitcher Davidson
Cole Green Pitcher Texas
Frazier Hall First Base, Catcher, Designated Hitter Southern
Brian Hernandez Infield/Pitcher California, Irvine
Paul Hoilman First Base East Tennessee State
Cole Johnson Pitcher Notre Dame
Tim Kelley Pitcher Wichita State
Ben Koenigsfeld Outfield/Pitcher Army
Phil Konieczny Infield Pittsburgh
Max Krakowiak Pitcher Fordham
Seth Maness Pitcher East Carolina
Scott Matyas Pitcher Minnesota
Chad Oberacker Outfield Tennessee Tech
Kevin Patterson Outfield/First Base Auburn
Jordan Ribera First Base Fresno State
Matt Rice Catcher Western Kentucky
Arik Sikula Pitcher Marshall
Chris Slater Outfield Baylor
Cody Terry Shortstop/Third Base Tennessee at Martin
Cory Tilton Center Field Charlotte
T.J. Walz Pitcher Kansas
Tyler Wilson Pitcher Virginia
Nate Woods Pitcher, First Base, Deisgnated Hitter Belmont