Baseball candidates announced for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award

February 27, 2013


OVERLAND PARK, KS – Thirty NCAA® baseball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates today for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate baseball. 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 2013 candidate class includes 15 candidates who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Five were named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American team, and four were All-Americans.

The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 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 finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA College World Series® in Omaha June 15-26.

Baseball 2013 Candidates

Name Position School
Mark Appel Pitcher Stanford
Shane Basen Third Base/Shortstop Charlotte
Blake Beemer Outfield Ball State
Brandon Boudreaux Outfield Tulane
Chase Brookshire Pitcher Belmont
Joe Burg Pitcher Hofstra
Chase Byerly Pitcher Butler
Nick Camastro Second Base/Shortstop Manhattan
Boomer Collins Outfield Dallas Baptist
Johnny Coy First Base Wichita State
LB Dantzler Infield South Carolina
Jordan Enos First base/Catcher Holy Cross
Michael Felton Second Base Campbell
Nick Ferraresi Outfield Columbia
Mitch Garver Catcher New Mexico
Sean Hagan Pitcher St. John's
Reed Harper Shortstop/Third Base Austin Peay State
Mike Le Bel Infield/Pitcher Rhode Island
Carlos Lopez First Base Cal State Fullerton
Jeff Melillo Catcher Rutgers
Alex Mendez Outfield South Florida
Austin Montgomery Infield/Outfield Southern Illinois
Matt Paré Catcher Boston College
Colton Plaia Catcher Loyola Marymount
Raph Rhymes Outfield Louisiana State
Chris Rowley Pitcher Army
John Sheridan Outfield Brown
John Straka Pitcher North Dakota State
Brandon Thomas Outfield Georgia Tech
Greg Zebrack Outfield Southern California