Ball State University senior pitcher Elizabeth Milian on Wednesday was announced as one of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for softball.
Milian is the only softball player from the Mid-American Conference and just one of two players from Indiana universities out of 30 national candidates.
The Lowe's Senior CLASS Award — an acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School — is a distinction given annually to a senior student-athlete that plays NCAA Division I athletics who excels in the classroom, with character, in the community and on the field.
Lowe's honors seniors in nine different sports, according to its Web site. The last Ball State athlete to earn candidacy was men's basketball's Peyton Stovall in 2008. Stovall was named one of 10 finalists for the award.
Milian has posted much success on and off the field for Ball State. Last season, she was named the MAC Pitcher of the Year and the Nan Harvey Sportswoman of the Year.
On the field in 2009, she went 21-15 and set the Ball State single-season record with 204 strikeouts, while ranking second in the MAC in wins (21), complete games (27) and innings pitched (224).
Off the field, Milian owns a 3.941 grade-point average as a secondary mathematics education major. She has been on the Academic All-MAC team the last two years and was also named to the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District First Team in 2008.
Milian and the Cardinals begin the season Feb. 10 at the Phyllis Rafter Memorial Tournament in Kennesaw, Ga., with a doubleheader against Tennessee Tech and Western Illinois.