A Class Act Awarded
Rice’s Cole St. Clair earns top honors for all-around excellence
Rice University pitcher Cole St. Clair ’08, who returned for his senior year after being drafted by Major League Baseball and helped lead the Owls into this year’s College World Series (CWS), has been selected as the winner of the 2008 Lowe’s Senior Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School (CLASS) Award in the baseball division. The award, chosen by a nationwide vote of coaches, media and fans, is presented annually to college baseball’s outstanding NCAA Division I senior student–athlete.
The nation’s premier tribute to college seniors, the CLASS Award identifies personal qualities that define a complete student–athlete, such as good character and excellence in the classroom, in the community and on the field.
“I am honored to receive this prestigious award with such a rich history,” St. Clair said. “I know that a lot of effort was expended in the voting process by the dedicated Rice fans and my friends and family, and I truly appreciate their efforts.”
Since moving to the bullpen full time in March, St. Clair became one of the nation’s most dominating closers, posting a Conference USA-leading 10 wins with a 2.09 earned run average in 21 relief appearances. During that span, he held opposing hitters to a .204 batting average. His strong performance down the stretch played a big role in Rice winning its Super Regional and earning its third consecutive trip to Omaha for the prestigious CWS.
St. Clair, an economics major at Rice with a 3.22 GPA, received his bachelor’s degree May 10. His classroom achievements include becoming a three-time Conference USA Commissioner’s Honor Roll member. He was also named the recipient of the 2008 Bob Quin Award, given to the senior Rice student–athlete who best exemplifies leadership and academic and athletic excellence.
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In the community, St. Clair has raised money for a local Houston neighborhood center to sponsor a family for Christmas. He also assisted with the baseball team’s clothing drive for the Star of Hope Foundation in Houston. While in Omaha, he visited with and gave advice to several young men from the Omaha School for Boys, a residential group home for at-risk school-age boys.