June 25, 2007
Omaha, NE- Saint Mary's senior outfielder Eric Cattoni (Lethbridge, Alberta) was named to the Lowe's All-Senior All-America Team. Cattoni was one of five named to the first-team as announced by Lowe's at the College World Series.
Finalists were selected from a list of 30 candidates based on personal qualities that define a complete student athlete. While the on-the-field performance thus far during the college baseball season was a factor in determining the finalists, the criteria also includes a high emphasis on the classroom, character and community service.
"These ten players are not only among the nation's best college baseball players, they are remarkable students and community members who have worked hard to accomplish great things both on and off the field," said Bob Gfeller, Lowe's Senior Vice President of Marketing and Advertising. "Lowe's is proud of its affiliation with the NCAA and college athletics, and we are pleased to help honor these individuals who have displayed a commitment to excellence as true student-athletes."
The initial concept of a special award for seniors was conceived by CBS sportscaster Dick Enberg, who was inspired in 2001 by the story of Shane Battier, who turned down offers from the NBA to return for his senior season at Duke despite the trend of college basketball players leaving school early. He led the Blue Devils to the national championship and earned his college degree during a sensational senior season.Since that time, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award has become recognized as the nation's premier tribute to college seniors.
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.
On the field, the fleet-footed outfielder led the West Coast Conference with 54 runs scored which ranks second all-time in the SMC single season annals. Cattoni ranked second in the WCC in stolen bases with 28 and his 45 career swipes rank seventh all time at Saint Mary's. He batted .303 in 47 games with three home runs and 15 RBI and added 10 doubles and a team-leading three triples. Cattoni slugged .446 and had a .408 on base percentage.
The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award also names an All-Senior All-America Team based on voting results of the finalists. Joining Salem on the 2007 First Team are: Bryan Henry of Florida State, Austin Adams of Texas Christian, Andy DeLaGarza of Coastal Carolina and Eric Cattoni of Saint Mary's. The Second Team consists of: Eric Rose of Michigan, Ryan Gryskevicz of Bucknell, Brad Mills of Arizona, Keanon Simon of Oklahoma State and Aaron Ivey of Oklahoma.
All-Senior All-America TeamsAs selected in balloting for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award by cumulative results of NCAA Division I Coaches, National Media and Fan Balloting
BaseballFirst TeamFirst Last School Position Height WeightEmeel Salem Alabama IF 6'0 175Bryan Henry Florida State P 6'3 202Austin Adams Texas Christian OF 6'5 219Andy DeLaGarza Coastal Carolina P 6'4 200Eric Cattoni Saint Mary's OF 5'11 160
Second TeamFirst Last School Position Height WeightEric Rose Michigan OF 5'11 185Ryan Gryskevicz Bucknell P/OF 6'3 195Brad Mills Arizona P 6'0 185Keanon Simon Oklahoma State OF 5'10 191Aaron Ivey Oklahoma OF 5'9 165