Belfonte Named to Senior CLASS Watch List

Nebraska outfielder DJ Belfonte was honored Wednesday as one of 30 seniors from around the country named to the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award Watch List.

A three-year starter, DJ Belfonte has started 157 games in his three seasons at Nebraska, helping the Huskers to a pair of NCAA Regional appearances. He ranks second on NU's career hit-by-pitch list with 42 and has led NU in stolen bases in each of the past two seasons. Last year, he hit .256 with two homers, 26 RBIs and 34 runs scored, as he topped NU in three offensive categories and was fourth on the team in both runs and walks.

He is also a strong performer in the classroom, carrying a 3.72 GPA in finance and has been named to the Big 12 Commissioner's Honor Roll all seven semesters at NU. A two-time academic All-Big 12 performer, Belfonte plans to attend law school following his playing career.

Belfonte was one of three Big 12 student-athletes on the 30-member watch list, joining Oklahoma State's Tyler Lyons and Texas' Russell Moldenhauer. This is the fourth year that the Senior CLASS Award has been presented in 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 - classroom, character, community and competition. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School(tm), 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.

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 finalist who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of classroom, character, community and competition. Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the Senior CLASS Award(tm) winner at the NCAA College World Series(r) in June.

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