Baseball candidates announced for the 2014 Senior CLASS Award

March 19, 2014

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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Thirty NCAA® baseball student-athletes who excel both on and off the diamond were selected as candidates today for the 2014 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.

Of the 30 candidates, 11 have cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 or higher with three of those having a perfect 4.0 GPA. There are six CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans and three Baseball America and Louisville Slugger All-Americans from last season. Five candidates play for teams currently ranked in the USA Today top 25 coaches poll.

The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, 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 Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2014 College World Series® in June.

Baseball 2014 Candidates

Name Position School
Cody Apthorpe Pitcher Bowling Green State
Garrett Bayliff Outfield Wichita State
Tim Colwell Outfield North Dakota State
Kevin Courtney First Base Stony Brook
Dustin DeMuth Third Base Indiana
Nick Favatella Second Base Rutgers
Clinton Freeman Pitcher/Outfield/Infield East Tennessee State
Jeff Gardner Outfield Louisville
Matt Hicks Pitcher Louisiana
Jeff Keller Outfield Dartmouth College
Jesse Kelso Outfield Canisius College
Ross Kivett Infield/Outfield Kansas State
Ryan LaGrange Infield UNCW
T.J. Losby Catcher Bowling Green State
Whit Mayberry Pitcher Virginia
Joshua McAlister Pitcher Arizona State
Andrew Morales Pitcher UC Irvine
Josh Nethaway Infield/Outfield/Catcher Albany
Steven Patterson Infield UC Davis
Mark Payton Outfield Texas
Jordan Piche’ Pitcher Kansas
Chase Raffield Outfield Georgia State
AJ Salcines Pitcher Miami (FL)
Oscar Sanay Second Base Bakersfield
Aaron Silbar Shortstop Columbia
Collin Slaybaugh Outfield/Catcher Washington State
Gage Smith Pitcher Florida State
Kevin Swick Infield Southern California
Ryan Thompson Pitcher Campbell
Derrick Workman Outfield Mercer