OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Two Ivies were among the
30 NCAA baseball student-athletes selected as candidates for the
2013 Senior CLASS Award. Columbia senior outfielder Nick
Ferraresi and Brown senior outfielder John
Sheridan are the two Ivy League representatives.
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.
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.
Ferraresi was named Honorable Mention All-Ivy last season after batting .310 (44-for-142) with 27 runs, 15 doubles, four home runs, one triple and 32 RBI. He ranked second on the team in doubles and RBI, tied for the team lead in home runs and rankd third in runs. Ferraresi achieved a slugging percentage of .514 and an on-base percentage of .405. He ranked second in the League in slugging percentage and third in batting average, on-base percentage, runs and hits.
Sheridan is coming off a season in which he hit .315 (34-for-111) with a .432 slugging pecentage and a .350 on-base percentage. He set career-highs in doubles (six), triples (two) and RBI (13), while also recording one home run and 14 runs. He was also a threat on the base path, with 12 steals, which ranked third in the Ivy League. Sheridan was a stellar defender, with 85 putouts and one assist against zero errors. Off the field, he earned CoSIDA Capitol One Academc All-District honors. Sheridan received second-team All-Ivy accolades after his sophomore year.
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.