NORTH ADAMS -- Mike LeBel, a two-time SteepleCat who led the team offensively in 2011, and a Rhode Island redshirt senior infielder has been named a finalist for the prestigious Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award.
LeBel ranks among 30 seniors nominated for the honor.
The Award is college baseball’s highest honor, celebrating athletic, academic and civic achievement.
The Quincy native is in the midst of his fifth season with URI.
After his true senior season was cut short last year, LeBel used a medical redshirt to extend his tenure with the Rams.
LeBel was originally a candidate for the 2012 Senior CLASS Award, but due to his injury, which occurred after just 13 at-bats, he was forced to undergo season-ending surgery, allowing him to return for a fifth year of collegiate baseball.
To be eligible for the award, 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.
The SteepleCats were certainly thankful of LeBel’s impact during two summers in the Berkshires. In addition to his impact off the field among the North Adams Community, LeBel posted strong numbers between the lines, batting .255 with a team-high 30 runs and 17 RBI in 2010 before leading the team with a .333 average in 23 games in 2011.