April 16, 2007
Kansas City, MO- Saint Mary's senior outfielder Eric Cattoni (Lethbridge, Alberta) was announced as a candidate for the baseball division of the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award. Cattoni was among a list of 30 candidates and is the lone representative from a California institution.
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.
Cattoni exemplifies all these characteristics as he is not just a leader on the team but off it as well. The outfielder maintains a 4.0 grade point average while taking pre-med courses. Cattoni was awarded the CRC Press Chemistry Achievement Award for his outstanding scholastic achievement in chemistry. The award was presented by the Taylor and Francis Group. The CRC Press Chemistry Award has been in place for more than 50 years.
The list of 30 baseball nominees spans the country in a big way, representing 29 different schools and 19 different conferences. Utah, New Mexico and Arizona were the only other schools to have a candidate from the Western United States.
On the field, the Lethbridge, Alberta native leads the West Coast Conference with 42 runs and 22 stolen bases. Cattoni is sixth all-time at SMC with 39 career stolen bases in just under two seasons. The senior is also just three runs away from cracking the top-10 in runs scored in a season.
A national media committee will select 10 finalists for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award in May. Those ten names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote beginning May 9 and concluding June 6. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches, media and sponsors to determine the recipient of the award. The award winner and the college baseball All-Senior All-America Team will be announced this June during the 2007 NCAA College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award was first created in 2001 in response to the trend of college basketball players leaving school early to turn professional and has since expanded to include Baseball. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the CLASS award was designed to honor the attributes of seniors who remain committed to their university and elect to pursue the many rewards that a senior season can bring.