OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Harvard senior pitcher Brent Suter is among thirty NCAA® baseball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field and have been recognized as candidates for the 2012 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. The complete list of candidates follows this release.
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.
Suter maintains a 3.43 GPA in Environmental Science and Public Policy and will be one of Harvard's five honorees on the Ivy League Spring All-Academic team. He's a third-year volunteer in the Cambridge After School Program (CASP), tutoring 3rd and 4th graders, who are first generation immigrants, in literacy and math. Suter was a 2010 summer intern at Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center. There, he served as a counselor at Camp Joyful Hearts, which was a week-long overnight camp for kids with heart defects.
Suter is the baseball team's central figure in its Friends of Jaclyn Program. The team is in its third year of a relationship with Alex Wawrzyniak, who suffers from Pilocytic Astrocytoma Low Grade Glioma, a form of cerebral tumor. He is also the founder the Harvard Baseball-Watertown Cuniff Elementary Program, for which Harvard baseball players travel each Friday to the elementary school to tutor and mentor students in an effort to provide a positive male role model in the childrens' lives. He is also active with the group Athletes In Action.
A two-year volunteer at the Harvard Square Homeless Shelter (2010-present), he's the co-chair of the Student Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) community-service group and has produced 1) the school's Bench Press for Breast Cancer in 2010 and 2011, 2) the athletic department's canned food drive in 2010, 3) the Shoe Drive for South Africa in 2011, 4) the Shoe Drive for Africa in 2010, 5) the Toiletry Drives for the homeless in 2010 and 2011 and 6) the Student-Athlete Charity Balls in 2010 and 2011. In 2011, Suter won the Wareham Gatemen's (Cape Cod Baseball League) Francis Tripp Award for making the most positive impact to the Wareham community. Back home in Cincinnati, Ohio, he participated in the People Working Cooperatively Program by restoring the home of an elderly couple. He also participated in IHM's Helping Hands Program by doing lawnwork for people in need. He is also a two-year volunteer coach for the Cincinnati Reds' Rookie Success League for teaching kids life lessons through baseball.
As a junior, Suter was named as the pitcher teams least wanted to face as well as one of the Ivy League's top three starting pitchers by College Baseball Insider. In 2010, Suter was one of just two pitchers named to the All-Ivy League first team at starting pitcher. He went 4-0 (league best) with one save and a 3.55 ERA to go with a league-leading 33 strikeouts in 33 innings while walking just seven batters. He was virtually untouchable against left-handed batters, who batted just 2-for-24 (0.83 against him). All told, Suter posted a 4-2 record with a 5.26 ERA and 47 strikeouts in 49.2 innings against 14 walks. In the summer of 2010, Suter was named Pitcher of the Year and Top Pitching Prospect in the Great Lakes Summer Collegiate League as well as the second-best pro prospect in the GLSCL by Baseball America. In the summer of 2011, Suter pitched for the Wareham Gatemen of the Cape Cod League.
The 2012 candidate class includes six CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-Americans from last season and 10 student-athletes with cumulative grade point averages of 3.5 or higher. Three candidates were National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association first-team All-Americans in 2011, eight candidates are on teams ranked in the USA Today/ESPN preseason top 25 coaches pool, and three participated in last year's NCAA College World Series®.
Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award® winner during the 2012 NCAA College World Series, which will be held June 15-26 in Omaha.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, Division I head coaches and fans who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition.
For more information on all the candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.
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Pablo Bermudez, Outfield, FIU
Robbie Buller, First Base/Pitcher, Houston Baptist
Pat Cantwell, Catcher, Stony Brook
Scott Coffman, Pitcher, New Mexico State
Bo Cuthbertson, Shortstop, Southern Utah
Taylor Dugas, Centerfield, Alabama
Matt Hamann, Pitcher, Belmont
Jake Hibberd, First Base, Wright State
Todd Hornsby, Pitcher, Jacksonville State
Mike Le Bel, Infield, Rhode Island
David Lyon, Catcher, Kent State
Thomas McCarthy, Third Base, Kentucky
Charlie McCready, Pitcher, Charleston Southern
Trenton Moses, Third Base, Southeast Missouri State
Austin Nola, Shortstop, LSU
Peter O'Brien, Catcher, Miami (Florida)
Nick Orvin, Outfield, Citadel
Phil Pohl, Catcher/First Base/Outfield, Clemson
Zach Price, Infield, Army
James Ramsey, Outfield, Florida State
Brance Rivera, Outfield, TCU
Michael Roth, Pitcher/First Base, South Carolina
Cam Schiller, Second Base, Oral Roberts
Joe Sclafani, Shortstop, Dartmouth
Ronnie Shaeffer, Catcher, UC Irvine
Tyler Sibley, Second Base, Texas State
Ross Stripling, Pitcher, Texas A&M
Brent Suter, Pitcher, Harvard
Preston Tucker, Infield/Outfield, Florida
Troy White, Third Base, Northern Illinois