March 31, 2015
THE FLATS – Georgia Tech senior pitcher Devin Stanton is one of 30 NCAA baseball student-athletes selected as a candidate for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award®.
To be eligible, 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.
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.
Bouncing back from Tommy John surgery in 2012, which forced him to miss much of the 2013 season, Stanton had a breakout year in 2014 in his first year as a starting pitcher. He finished with a 5-3 record and the ACC’s sixth-best ERA of 2.24, which included ACC wins over No. 1 Florida State, Duke and Virginia Tech. He was Tech’s starting pitcher in the ACC Championship game win over Maryland and was also on the mound for one of the Yellow Jackets’ wins at the NCAA Oxford Regional. The former relief pitcher has made 51 career appearances and owns a 3.14 ERA.
A native of Lilburn, Ga., and a graduate of Wesleyan School, Stanton was an Academic All-ACC Team honoree last year and is a three-time member of the ACC Academic Honor Roll. His cumulative GPA stands at 3.56, which includes a 4.00 during the Spring 2014 semester. He has earned Dean’s List honors six times and Faculty Honors once.
Stanton has been extremely active in community outreach programs both locally and internationally, highlighted by a five-day trip to the Dominican Republic last year when he and other Tech student-athletes worked in an orphanage. Stanton routinely delivers extra team-issued gear and clothing to a local Covenant House, which is a homeless shelter for children through age 21. He has served on an advisory panel for high school males at The Best Academy at Benjamin S. Carson, answering questions about opportunities for college through sports. Stanton has also been a four-year volunteer with Tech’s Michael Isenhour Toy Drive and with the Special Olympics.
A two-year team captain, Stanton has earned the respect of his teammates and coaches for his work-ethic on and off the field. He has spent two years on the Georgia Tech Student-Athlete Advisory Board, and four years in the Tech Fellowship of Christian Athletes, including two years on the FCA Leadership Team.
Stanton was married in the off-season to former Georgia Tech softball player Alysha Rudnik, who was a finalist for the softball Senior CLASS Award in 2014.
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, who will select one candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2015 College World Series® in June.
Former Yellow Jacket Brandon Thomas was a finalist for the award in 2013.