OVERLAND PARK, Kan. - Senior outfielder Nick Ferraresi of the Columbia baseball team has been selected as a candidate for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award. He is one of 30 NCAA baseball student-athletes in the running for the prestigious honor.

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. 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.

"Nick epitomizes the definition of a student-athlete," stated Columbia baseball head coach Brett Boretti. "He has made the most out of his career at Columbia both on and off the field. I am very proud of all he has accomplished and even more proud of the person he is and how well he represents Columbia baseball."

Ferraresi, a three-year starter in the outfield who hails from Wellington, Fla., capped a strong 2012 season with his first honorable mention All-Ivy League honor. Ferraresi was consistent all season, hitting .310 with four home runs and 32 runs batted in. Batting mainly in the cleanup spot in the lineup, Ferraresi drove in 17 runs during 20 Ivy League games. He cranked out 15 doubles and collected six outfield assists from right field. Ferraresi delivered in a number of clutch situations last season, including slamming three hits (two doubles) and scoring three times in a 9-6 win at St. John's.

In the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, Ferraresi cranked five home runs and drove in 23 in 25 games. He totaled seven doubles and scored 16 runs for the Staten Island Tide.

According to Boretti, Ferraresi displays the highest quality of character in representing Columbia University. Name as a 2013 team captain, Ferraresi has been a leader by example in all four years at Columbia while being looked up to immensely by his classmates, teammates and peers.

Academically, Ferraresi is a political science major at Columbia College and holds the highest GPA amongst his baseball senior teammates.

In the community, Ferraresi is a major participant in Level the Field, Inc. program, a non-profit organization started by former women's soccer player at Columbia, Erica Woda '04CC, who created the program to use sports as a vehicle to cultivate social skills and develop a work ethic in students that will prepare them for future academic, personal and professional success and empower them to become leaders and productive members in their communities.

The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. 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 candidates, visit seniorCLASSaward.com.

Baseball Candidates
Mark Appel, Stanford
Shane Basen, Charlotte
Blake Beemer, Ball State
Brandon Boudreaux, Tulane
Chase Brookshire, Belmont
Joe Burg, Hofstra
Chase Byerly, Butler
Nick Camastro, Manhattan
Boomer Collins, Dallas Baptist
Johnny Coy, Wichita State
LB Dantzler, South Carolina
Jordan Enos, Holy Cross
Michael Felton, Campbell
Nick Ferraresi, Columbia
Mitch Garver, New Mexico
Sean Hagan, St. John's
Reed Harper, Austin Pea
Mike Le Bel, Rhode Island
Carlos Lopez, Cal State Fullerton
Jeff Melillo, Rutgers
Alex Mendez, South Florida
Austin Montgomery, Southern Illinois
Matt Pare, Boston
Colton Plaia, Loyola Marymount
Raph Rhymes, LSU
Chris Rowley, Arm
John Sheridan, Brown
John Straka, North Dakota State
Brandon Thomas, Georgia Tech
Greg Zebrack, Southern California