April 22, 2011
EAST LANSING, Mich. - Senior center fielder Brandon Eckerle has been named one of 10 finalists for the 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 - community, classroom, character and competition.
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 winner June 24 at the NCAA College World Series in Omaha.
Eckerle maintains a 3.98 GPA in general business administration with an emphasis in pre-law, and was named a third-team Academic All-American in 2010.
The Durand, Mich., native is highly respected by his teammates and was named team captain for the 2011 season. He is also looked upon highly not just by the baseball team and coaching staff, but all student-athletes at Michigan State, as he is a three-year member of the Michigan State Student-Athlete Advisory Committee. Eckerle was MSU's recipient of the Big Ten Sportsmanship Award in 2010.
Eckerle is also one of the most involved Michigan State student-athletes in the community. He has participated in several community-outreach activities, including a student-athlete food drive, Special Olympics, Fall into Fitness, Chuck A Puck, which is a fundraiser for Children's Cancer, and the St. Jude Children's Research Hospital's Give Thanks Walk. He has also been baseball's three-year team leader for Teams for Toys, in which the team adopts a family for the holidays.
On the field, Eckerle leads the Big Ten in batting (.414) and ranks among the top 10 leaders in the conference in several statistical categories. He recorded his 200th career hit in the Evansville series in late March, and is currently tied for sixth in MSU history with 223 career hits (MSU career record: 245).
2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Finalists - Baseball
Chris Dennis, P, Portland
Brandon Eckerle, CF, Michigan State
Clint Ewing, C, Louisiana Tech
Cole Green, Pitcher, Texas
Frazier Hall, 1B/C/DH, Southern
Paul Hoilman, 1B, East Tennessee State
Cole Johnson, P, Notre Dame
Chris Slater, OF, Baylor
Cory Tilton, CF, Charlotte
Tyler Wilson, P, Virginia