Norfolk State Baseball Justin Hayes Named A Candidate For Senior CLASS Award

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NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State senior outfielder Justin Hayes has been named one of 30 candidates for the 2019 Senior CLASS Award in college baseball.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable accomplishments in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

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 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be placed on the official ballot. Ballots will be distributed through a nationwide voting system to media, coaches and fans. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2019 College World Series in June.

A native of Chesapeake, Virginia, Hayes has a 3.3 GPA and is a business management major. A member of the 2018 All-MEAC first team and 2018 ABCA/Rawlings All-East Region second team, Hayes has also garnered several academic honors. He was a 2018 MEAC All-Academic Team member, a member of NSU’s Dean’s List, and has been on the NSU Athletics Director’s Honor Roll for all five semesters he has attended NSU since transferring from Old Dominion.

Hayes is the 2019 captain of the Spartan baseball team. He is also very active both on campus and in the local community, having participated in the Portsmouth Baptist Association’ In-As-Much, collecting money to help local homeless citizens with laundry needs. He has also helped collect clothing and toiletries for the Children’s Mission Day with the Portsmouth Department of Social Services, and has also volunteered with other community service initiatives through his high school and church.

This year, Hayes is batting .247 with 10 stolen bases and 13 runs scored through 19 games played. He hit .347 with 28 steals last season, his first as a Spartan.

Former Spartan pitcher Matt Outman was a finalist for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award.

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