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.
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
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.
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
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.
Ferraresi is a political science major at Columbia College and holds the
highest GPA amongst his baseball senior teammates.
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.
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.
Beemer, Ball State
Collins, Dallas Baptist
Garver, New Mexico
Mike Le Bel,
Lopez, Cal State Fullerton
Montgomery, Southern Illinois
Plaia, Loyola Marymount
North Dakota State
Thomas, Georgia Tech
Zebrack, Southern California