Stanford's Appel named Senior CLASS Award finalist
By the Pac-12 Conference
WALNUT CREEK, Calif.— Stanford right-handed pitcher Mark Appel is one of 10 NCAA baseball players selected as finalists for the Senior CLASS Award, announced Wednesday.
The Senior CLASS Award is given to student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. 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.
CLASS, 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.
Appel, who hails from Houston, Texas, is a four-year contributor for the Cardinal and has been the club's Friday night starter for the last three seasons. He was named the NCBWA Pitcher of the Year and garnered numerous All-America accolades from the NCBWA, Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America in 2012. A first team All Pac-12 selection a season ago, Appel posted a 10-2 record in 2012 and led the Conference with 130 strikeouts en route to being named a Golden Spikes Award finalist and a Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist. The preseason All-American has gone 7-2 in nine starts for the Cardinal this season and boasts a 1.54 ERA and a .188 opposing batting average. He leads the Pac-12 with 84 strikeouts.
Despite being selected with the eighth overall pick in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft, Appel opted to return for his senior season at Stanford, where, as a Management Science and Engineering major, he maintains a 3.099 GPA. He is a team leader on and off the field. When asked about his success, he gives all of the credit to his teammates and coaches. Appel is deeply involved in campus ministries and youth services.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA College World Series, which takes place June 15-26 in Omaha, Neb. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select the candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
Other Baseball Finalists: 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.
To view the complete list of the Senior CLASS finalists and their accomplishments, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.