April 14, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State senior Stephen Cardullo was named a finalist for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. Cardullo is one of 10 college baseball players tabbed as a finalist for the award, who excel both on and off the field and in the community.
From joining the team as a walk-on in 2007 to becoming just the second shortstop to be named a first team All-American in school history in 2009, Cardullo has evolved into one of the top shortstops in the nation. After moving around the diamond finding playing time at three different positions a season ago, Cardullo found a name for himself at shortstop where he made 45 of his 62 starts as a junior.
In 2010, Cardullo has started every game for the Seminoles at shortstop. Through 33 games, the Coral Springs, Fla., native is hitting .273 with five doubles, two home runs, 32 runs scored and 26 RBI. He leads the team in stolen bases and is a perfect 11-for-11 on the year.
In the classroom, Cardullo is a two-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll (2006-07, 2007-08) and was named to the 3.0 GPA Club following his fall 2009 semester. A finance major, Cardullo is expected to graduate this summer.
Though his achievements on the field and in the classroom are impressive, Cardullo is also a leader in the community. His extensive community service record includes participating in Relay for Life sponsored at Florida State, a hospital visit to the Wolfson Children’s Hospital in Jacksonville, Fla., the Charity Vision Walk sponsored by Delta Gamma sorority at Florida State and Give-A-Day – Jump Start Program where Cardullo spent a whole day with kids participating in a variety of activities picked by the kids themselves.
“Stephen Cardullo is basically the epitome of what college baseball can do for a young man” said head coach Mike Martin. “He came in here as a walk-on and a good student and has taken that to another level becoming a full-time starter on our ball club and is a very hardworking student. Stephen has done a great job of performing in the classroom, on the field and in the community. It has been fun to watch the young man get better and better each day.”
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School (CLASS), the award is designed to honor the attributes of college senior student athletes who stay in school and pursue the many rewards that a senior season can bring. The finalists were chosen by a media committee from the list of 30 candidates who were announced back in February.
Nationwide balloting begins immediately to determine the winner. Lowe’s, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award winner in June at the NCAA Men’s College World Series in Omaha.
The 10 finalists will be placed on the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award baseball ballot for a nationwide vote beginning today and concluding May 31. Fan balloting is available on the award’s official website by clicking the VOTE HERE tab, as well as through text messaging. Fans can text BASEBALL to 74567 to vote for the finalists. These votes will be combined with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.
The 2010 finalists are:
Finalists for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award
Name, Position, School
Daniel Bibona, Pitcher, UC Irvine
Stephen Cardullo, Shortstop, Florida State
Blake Dean, First Base, LSU
Mike Donato, Outfield, Massachusetts
Jim Klocke, Catcher/Pitcher, Southeast Missouri State
Cory Kovanda, Second Base, Ohio State
Tyler Lyons, Pitcher, Oklahoma State
Matt Payton, Infield, Western Kentucky
Tony Plagman, First Base, Georgia Tech
David Towarnicky, First Base, Appalachian State