Feb. 17, 2010
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. – Florida State senior Stephen Cardullo was named a candidate for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. A total of 30 college baseball players across the nation are up for consideration for this award. The Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award recognizes senior student-athletes not only for their work in the classroom and on the field, but for their service to 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 his first full season as a starter for the Seminoles in 2009, Cardullo finished the year hitting .376 with 20 doubles, 10 home runs and 51 RBI. The Coral Springs, Fla., native ranked second on the team in hits (89), runs (76) and stolen bases (20), while tying for the team lead in triples with three. He surpassed his career totals in every major offensive category in 2009. He put a stamp on his junior season when he tied the school record and set the NCAA postseason record with a seven-hit, nine at-bat performance against Ohio State in the championship game of the Tallahassee Regional.
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.
Candidates are selected based on personal qualities that define a complete student-athlete. While the on-the-field performance during their collegiate baseball careers is a factor in determining candidates and the eventual winner, their personal character and off-the-field achievements in the classroom and community are major areas of focus.
This year’s list of 30 nominees will be shortened to 10 finalists in early April with those 10 names placed on the official voting ballot beginning April 13. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one male candidate that best exemplify excellence in the four Cs of classroom, character, community and competition. Fans are encouraged to check back with www.seminoles.com for further updates on the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
Candidates for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award
Name, Position, School
DJ Belfonte, Outfield, Nebraska
Daniel Bibona, Pitcher, UC Irvine
Shane Brown, Outfield, Central Florida
Stephen Cardullo, Shortstop, Florida State
Ian Choy, Outfield/Designated Hitter, Canisius
Wes Cunningham, First Base, Murray State
Devon Dageford, Outfield, Louisiana Tech
Blake Dean, First Base, LSU
Mike Donato, Outfield, Massachusetts
Michael Fabiaschi, Second Base, James Madison
Jeremy Gould, Pitcher/Utility, Duke
Clay Jones, First Base, Alabama
Jim Klocke, Catcher/Pitcher, Southeast Missouri State
Cory Kovanda, Second Base, Ohio State
Francis Larson, Catcher, UC Irvine
Drew Lee, Shortstop/Second Base, Morehead State
Tyler Lyons, Pitcher, Oklahoma State
Clint McKeever, First Base, Wichita State
Russell Moldenhauer, Designated Hitter/Outfield, Texas
Kevin Nieto, Outfield, Manhattan
Matt Payton, Infield, Western Kentucky
Eric Pettis, Pitcher, UC Irvine
Tony Plagman, First Base, Georgia Tech
Derek Poppert, Shortstop, San Francisco
Kenneth Roberts, Pitcher, Middle Tennessee
Kyle Roller, Designated Hitter/First Base, East Carolina
Mike Sodders, Infield, New Mexico State
Josh Spence, Pitcher, Arizona State
David Towarnicky, First Base, Appalachian State
Corey Valine, Third Base/Catcher, San Jose State