Thursday, February 24, 2011 | Baseball
Court and Kelley Named Lowe's Senior CLASS Candidates

2011 Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Baseball Candidates

OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Two Missouri Valley Conference baseball student athletes, Ryan Court of Illinois State and Tim Kelley of Wichita State, have been named as two of the 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award.

Court, a three-year letterwinner for Illinois State, was one of two Redbirds to start all 56 games in 2010 and finished with a .295 batting average and a team-best 10 home runs.  He ranked second on the team in RBI (49) and hits (67) and amassed 17 multiple-hit games and 12 multiple-RBI games.  For his efforts, Court was named to the State Farm Missouri Valley Conference All-Tournament team and he earned All-MVC Second Team recognition.

Court has started the 2011 season on a high note, after he finished the opening series against Belmont atop four team offensive categories, including batting average (.500), on-base percentage (.667), doubles (3) and walks (4). 
 
Kelley, a senior pitcher from Tulsa, Okla., earned first team all-Valley honors in 2010 and has been named a second team preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball for 2011.
 
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.
 
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.
 
The 2011 candidate class includes 15 student-athletes with cumulative grade point averages of better than a 3.5, including three with perfect 4.0 GPAs. Seven are from teams ranked in the Collegiate Baseball preseason top 35 poll.
 
Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award™ winner at the NCAA College World Series® in June.