OVERLAND PARK, KS – Ten NCAA® baseball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as finalists today for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award® in collegiate baseball. Charlotte third baseman Shane Basen (Waxhaw, N.C. / Marvin Ridge HS) is among those finalists. 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 finalists follows this release.
Basen has started the last 135 consecutive games for the 49ers, leads the team with 53 hits to this point, is second on the team with 35 RBI and is third on the squad with a .315 batting average. His 35 RBI and 32 runs scored are the second-most in the Atlantic 10 Conference.Last season, he was a Capitol One Second-Team Academic All-American.
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 finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates announced in February. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website or on the Senior CLASS Award Facebook fan page through June 10. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches’ votes to determine the winner.
Basen is the second baseball player to make it to the final list from Charlotte, joining Cory Tilton for the honor.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA College World Series® in Omaha June 15-26.
For more information on all the finalists, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.Baseball Finalists
Mark Appel, Stanford
Shane Basen, Charlotte
Chase Brookshire, Belmont
Boomer Collins, Dallas Baptist
LB Dantzler, South Carolina
Carlos Lopez, Cal State Fullerton
Alex Mendez, South Florida
Raph Rhymes, LSU
Chris Rowley, Army
Brandon Thomas, Georgia Tech