Feb. 17, 2010

NCAA Release

Thirty NCAA® baseball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were tabbed as candidates today for the 2010 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 – classroom, character, community and competition. The complete 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.  

This year’s candidate class includes 12 student-athletes on teams ranked in Collegiate Baseball magazine’s preseason top 40 poll and seven players tabbed as preseason All-Americans by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Twelve of the candidates carry a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or better, with one recording a perfect 4.0.

Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award™ winner at the NCAA College World Series® in June.

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 finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of classroom, character, community and competition.  

“The candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in baseball are fulfilling a commitment to their universities and, at the same time, representing those schools in the community,” said Tom Lamb, Lowe’s senior vice president of marketing. “They have recognized the value of both a college degree and public service while taking advantage of the opportunity to play the game they love.”

This marks the fourth year for the baseball division of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.   The University of Alabama’s Emeel Salem was the inaugural winner in 2007, Rice University’s Cole St. Clair was the recipient in 2008 and the University of Florida’s Brandon McArthur took home the award in 2009.

Name Position School
DJ Belfonte Outfield Nebraska
Daniel Bibona Pitcher UC Irvine
Shane Brown Outfield Central Florida
Stephen Cardullo Shortstop Florida State
Ian Choy Outfield/Designated Hitter Canisius
Wes Cunningham First Base Murray State
Devon Dageford Outfield Louisiana Tech
Blake Dean First Base LSU
Mike Donato Outfield Massachusetts
Michael Fabiaschi Second Base James Madison
Jeremy Gould Pitcher/Utility Duke
Clay Jones First Base Alabama
Jim Klocke Catcher/Pitcher Southeast Missouri State
Cory Kovanda Second Base Ohio State
Francis Larson Catcher UC Irvine
Drew Lee Shortstop/Second Base Morehead State
Tyler Lyons Pitcher Oklahoma State
Clint McKeever First Base Wichita State
Russell Moldenhauer Designated Hitter/Outfield Texas
Kevin Nieto Outfield Manhattan
Matt Payton Infield Western Kentucky
Eric Pettis Pitcher UC Irvine
Tony Plagman First Base Georgia Tech
Derek Poppert Shortstop San Francisco
Kenneth Roberts Pitcher Middle Tennessee
Kyle Roller Designated Hitter/First Base East Carolina
Mike Sodders Infield New Mexico State
Josh Spence Pitcher Arizona State
David Towarnicky First Base Appalachian State
Corey Valine Third Base/Catcher San Jose State