Senior pitcher Chase Byerly, an Academic All-American in 2012, has been named one of the candidates for the Senior CLASS Award for baseball.
Byerly, a native of Warsaw, Ind., was a third team Academic All-American and academic all-league pick after racking up 10 saves and 23 games finished last season as BU's closer. He posted a 3.57 ERA in 27 appearances, totaling 45.1 innings and struck out 32 batters against just five walks.
So far this season, the right-hander has struck out five over 4.0 innings and allowed just two runs in three appearances.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The 2013 candidate class includes 15 candidates who have a cumulative grade point average of 3.5 or higher. Five were named to the CoSIDA Capital One Academic All-American team, and four were All-Americans.
The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans, who will select one finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA College World Series® in Omaha June 15-26.
Byerly and the Bulldogs will play a three-game series at Lipscomb this weekend. BU's home opener at Bulldog Park is scheduled for Friday, March 8 at 3 p.m.