Baseball Candidates Announced for the 2021 Senior CLASS Award

April 08, 2021

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. (April 8, 2021) – Thirty NCAA® baseball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates today for the 2021 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 complete list of candidates follows this release.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the 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 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists in May, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches, and fans, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four C’s of community, classroom, character, and competition.

The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2021 College World Series® in June.

For more information on all of the candidates, visit

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Baseball 2021 Candidates

Name Position School
Darren Baker Infield California
Matthew Beck Right-Handed Pitcher LSU
Colton Bender Catcher Quinnipiac
T.J. Collett First Base Kentucky
Scotty Dubrule Infield Mississippi State
Tim Elko Third Base Ole Miss
Drew Frederic Short Stop Troy
Brett Harris Infield Gonzaga
Daniel Jung First Base/Outfield Notre Dame
Alex Kachler Catcher North Florida
Ryan Knernschield Catcher Eastern Illinois
Jackson Leath RHP Tennessee
Kyle Mora Right-Handed Pitcher UCLA
Jake Mulholland Pitcher Oregon State
Matthew Padre Catcher/Designated Hitter Manhattan
Zach Pettway Right-Handed Pitcher UCLA
Evan Russell Outfield Tennessee
Christian Scafidi Right-Handed Pitcher Notre Dame
Davis Sims Designated Hitter Western Kentucky
Luke Smith Right-Handed Pitcher Louisville
Tyler Smith Right-Handed Pitcher East Carolina
Preston Snavely Right-Handed Pitcher Wichita State
Andy Thomas Catcher Baylor
Alex Toral First Base Miami
Alec Trela Third Base/Infield Memphis
Marc Wangenstein Outfield Albany
Ben Wanger Pitcher/Utility Miami
Robert Weissheier First Base Hofstra
Austin Wilhite Infield/Pitcher Georgia Tech
Rankin Woley Infield Auburn
RJ Yeager Infield Mercer