Senior catcher Caleb Stayton waits for the pitch at the game against Butler on March 28 at Ball Diamond in First Merchants Ballpark Complex. Stayton had one run batted in. Kaiti Sullivan // DN
Ball State baseball player Caleb Stayton finalist for national award
Ball State senior first baseman Caleb Stayton was selected as a finalist for the 2017 Senior CLASS Award earlier this week.
Stayton was chosen as a finalist because he met all four of the award's areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition. In the community, Stayton helped put together events for the YMCA, Boys and Girls Club of Muncie and Habitat for Humanity. In the classroom he maintained a 4.0 GPA last fall and a 3.91 overall GPA. On the field, Stayton posted a .451 on-base percentage as well hitting .336, both team highs for the Cardinals.
The senior is one of 10 nationwide finalists and the only member of the Mid-American Conference to reach finalist status for the award. The award will be partially chosen by fans, who can vote at the award's website. Voting is open until June 7. Stayton is currently in second place with 12.5 percent of votes, only trailing Tyler Buffett of Oklahoma State.
The winner will be chosen at the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska, in June.