BATON ROUGE - LSU All-America outfielder Raph Rhymes has been named one of 30 baseball candidates for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award.
NCAA baseball student-athletes who excel both on and off the field were selected as candidates for the 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.
Rhymes, a native of Monroe, La., led the NCAA in hitting last season with a .431 average, and he received 2012 first-team All-America recognition. Through eight games this season, Rhymes is batting a team-high .433 (13-for-30) with three doubles and six RBI. He has struck out only once in 35 plate appearances.
A two-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll as a sports administration major, Rhymes is also an active participant in LSU baseball community service projects.
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.
The 2013 candidate class includes 15 candidates who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Five were named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American team, and four were All-Americans.
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 www.seniorCLASSaward.com.