March 14, 2008
Tallahassee, Fla. – Florida State’s Ryan Strauss was announced on Monday, March 10 as a candidate for the 2008 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award. A total of 30 NCAA Division I college baseball players who excel both on and off the field were named to this list. Now in its second season of presenting this award, Lowe’s honors college baseball’s most outstanding senior student athlete.
Strauss is the lone returning starter from last year’s Florida State team that finished the season with a record of 49-13 en route to claiming the school’s first ACC Atlantic Division title. He registered a career-high for wins in a season as the senior right hander posted a 10-3 record in 17 appearances including 16 starts. Strauss started the season 8-0 and finished the year with a 3.40 ERA.
In his first start of 2008, Strauss worked seven shutout innings scattering just four hits against Auburn. He did not face more than four batters in any inning and retired the last five Tiger hitters including the final two on strikeouts. Dating back to last year’s NCAA Regional against Stetson, Strauss has thrown 14.0 scoreless innings as a starter registering 11 strikeouts and just one walk. He has made three appearances this year and is 1-0 with a 4.02 ERA.
“Ryan Strauss has done a great job in the classroom and out on the field during his tenure as a Seminole,” added head coach Mike Martin. “He was a two-way guy for us two years ago when he played in the outfield and pitched in a few games. Now strictly a pitcher, Ryan has dedicated himself to having a big senior year and will be the senior leader on a very young Florida State pitching staff.”
Strauss is majoring in finance and was named to the 2006 All-ACC Academic Team. He is a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll (2004-05, 2005-06, 2006-07) and was named to the Dean’s List in the fall of 2007
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.
A national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in mid-April. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote that will include coaches, media and fans. The award winner will be announced and recognized at the 2008 NCAA College World Series in Omaha, Neb.