Stanford senior pitcher Mark Appel has been named one of 10 NCAA Division I baseball players selected as a finalist for the Senior CLASS Award, as announced Wednesday.
The Senior CLASS Award is given to student-athletes who excel both on and off the field. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
The Houston, Texas, native has been Stanford's Friday night starter for the past three seasons. As a junior, Appel was named the NCBWA Pitcher of the Year and garnered numerous All-America accolades from the NCBWA, Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America.
A first team All Pac-12 selection in 2012, Appel posted a 10-2 record and led the Pac-12 Conference with 130 strikeouts en route to being named a Golden Spikes Award finalist and a Dick Howser Trophy semifinalist.
The preseason All-American has gone 7-2 in nine starts for the Cardinal this season and boasts a 1.54 ERA and a .188 opposing batting average. Appel leads the Pac-12 with 84 strikeouts.
After being selected eighth overall in the 2012 MLB Amateur Draft, Appel opted to return for his senior season at Stanford and last month earned his degree in management, science and engineering.
Appel is deeply involved in campus ministries and youth services.
The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA College World Series (June 15-26) in Omaha, Neb.
Appel is expected to be on the mound Friday night when Stanford takes on host Oregon in the first of three Pac-12 games.
The Cardinal, coming off a 17-2 romp over visiting San Jose State on Tuesday, is hitting .348 with a .629 slugging percentage over its past six games and seeks a fifth straight Pac-12 series win when it visits the Ducks.
Stanford is tied for third with UCLA in the conference standings at 9-6 with Oregon State (11-4) and Oregon (13-5) leading the pack. Stanford has yet to play any of the three teams.
For the second consecutive year, Stanford's Patrick Rodgers will compete in the Palmer Cup at Wilmington Country Club, as announced Tuesday by the Golf Coaches Association of America (GCAA).
The Palmer Cup, named in honor of legendary golfer Arnold Palmer, invites the top six men's collegiate golfers who are citizens of the United States and Europe. Those players will be among the 10 individuals selected to represent each team.
"It's an honor to be selected again and to be considered one of the 10 best collegiate American players this season," said Rodgers, a Ben Hogan Award semifinalist. "It's a testament to hard work and consistent play over the course of the season and I am very excited to represent my country this summer."
Rodgers, who has a 70.5 stroke average in nine events (27 rounds), has collected six top-10 finishes including three collegiate titles on the season and fifth overall. The sophomore is a 2012 PING First Team All-American and competed in the 2011 Walker Cup, becoming the ninth Stanford golfer to receive that honor.
Since the Palmer Cup's inception in 1997 six Stanford players have competed and current head coach Conrad Ray coached the U.S. team in 2008.
Leah White and Erin Ashby each hit a three-run home run, but it wasn't enough as the Stanford softball team dropped a 9-6 nonconference decision to host Pacific on Wednesday night.
The 17th-ranked Cardinal (29-16) hosts Utah in a Pac-12 Conference series beginning with Friday night's 5 p.m. contest.
Hannah Winter added two hits for Stanford, which has lost two straight and four of its last five heading into this weekend's competition.