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Two Baseball Ivies Selected for Lowe's Senior CLASS Award

OVERLAND Park, Kan. -- Dartmouth senior shortstop Joe Sclafani and Harvard senior pitcher Brent Suter were among the 30 baseball candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, it was announced.

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.

A two-time team captain, Sclafani enters his final season tied for the Dartmouth lead in career triples (16), ranks fourth in runs scored (134), eighth in walks (73), ninth in hits (173) and among the top 25 in batting average (.338), doubles (27) and RBIs (92). He is a two-time All-Ivy first team selection and has a 3.05 GPA while majoring in Government. Sclafani has been active in the Big Green Readers program, helping elementary school children improve their reading skills, as well as the Special Olympics during his four years at Dartmouth.

Suter maintains a 3.43 GPA in Environmental Science and Public Policy and will be one of Harvard's five honorees on the Ivy League Spring All-Academic team. As a junior, he was named as the pitcher teams least wanted to face as well as one of the Ivy League's top three starting pitchers by College Baseball Insider. In 2010, Suter was one of just two pitchers first-team All-Ivy League at starting pitcher. He went 4-0 (league best) with one save and a 3.55 ERA to go with a league-leading 33 strikeouts in 33 innings while walking just seven batters. He was virtually untouchable against left-handed batters, who batted just 2-for-24 (0.83 against him).
 
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.
 
Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA College World Series, which will be held June 15-26 in Omaha.
 
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, Division I head coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.

For more information on all the candidates, visit www.seniorCLASSaward.com.