Lyons Candidate For Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award

OVERLAND , Kan. – Oklahoma State pitcher Tyler Lyons is one of 30 baseball student-athletes chosen as a candidate for the 2010 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award, it was announced today.

To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence — classroom, character, community and competition.

“The candidates for the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award in baseball are fulfilling a commitment to their universities, and at the same time, representing those schools in the community,” said Tom Lamb, Lowe’s senior vice president of marketing. “They have recognized the value of both a college degree and public service while taking advantage of the opportunity to play the game they love.”

A native of Lubbock, Texas, Lyons was a 10th-round draft pick of the New York Yankees last June but delayed the start of a professional career to return to the Cowboys for his senior year. The southpaw enters his final season with 19 career wins, three shy of cracking the top 10 on OSU’s all-time list.

A two-time All-Big 12 Conference performer, Lyons has led in wins each of the last two seasons, including a 12-win performance in 2008 that ranked fourth nationally. He’s also been an Regional All-Tournament Team selection each of the last two years.

In the classroom, Lyons is a sports management major and a two-time Academic All-Big 12 honoree. In 2008, he was a second-team The Magazine Academic All-District choice. He has also been named to the Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll three times and is a three-time Academic Achievement Award winner.

In the Stillwater community, Lyons has spent time as a volunteer at the Humane Society and as a fundraiser for Relay for Life. He has also done volunteer work through the Into The Streets program and served as a mentor with Coaches vs. Cancer.

An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s 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. 2010 marks the fourth year of the baseball division of the award.

The 30 initial candidates for the 2010 baseball award will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 10 names will be on an official ballot to be voted on by media, coaches and fans.

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Updated 02-17-2010

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