Outman 1 of 30 Candidates For Senior Class Award


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Norfolk State Sports Information


NORFOLK, Va. – Norfolk State University senior pitcher Matt Outman was one of 30 NCAA baseball student-athletes named Monday as candidates for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award in collegiate baseball.

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.

Outman is a redshirt senior for the Spartans this season. The 2015 MEAC Pitcher of the Year and 2016 MEAC Preseason Pitcher of the Year, Outman was a first-team All-MEAC and second-team ABCA All-East Region pick last season, when he went 8-2 with a 3.12 ERA in leading NSU to the MEAC Northern Division regular-season title. He is 1-1 with a 4.50 ERA in four starts this season.

Off the field, Outman is a two-time member of the MEAC All-Academic Team and carries a grade-point average over 3.0 as an accounting major. Outman is also active in the community, volunteering with various youth baseball programs in the South Hampton Roads area.

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 by a national media committee, 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, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four C’s of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2016 College World Series in June.

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