Jasper Named Top-30 Candidate for Senior CLASS Award
RIVERDALE, NEW YORK, March 1- Manhattan College second baseman Nick Camastro (Lagrangeville, N.Y./Arlington) was selected as one of the 30 NCAA Division I baseball student-athletes to be considered for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award.
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. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
From the list of 30 candidates, a national media committee will select 10 finalists for the 2013 Senior CLASS Award in April. Those 10 names will then be placed on the official ballot for a nationwide vote. Fan balloting will be coupled with votes from coaches and media to determine the recipient of the award.
Camastro is a two-year team captain who has led the Manhattan baseball team to back-to-back Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Championships. The Lagrangeville, N.Y. native received All-MAAC honors the last two seasons, earning First Team recognition in 2012. Camastro is 16th all-time in program history with 172 career hits, and he is in striking distance in becoming only the 13th Jasper to reach the 200-hit plateau.
He has been a model student-athlete during his career in Riverdale earning MAAC All-Academic Team honors the last two years. Camastro has been named to the Manhattan College Dean’s List. He was also nominated for the College’s prestigious Gunn Medal Award, which is presented to a graduating senior who has made the most significant contributions to Manhattan during their undergraduate years.
Camastro has also been very active in the community, volunteering his time at a local community center in the Bronx on a consistent basis. He has helped organize other community efforts with his teammates to support initiatives such as Wounded Warriors Program, American Red Cross and Toys for Tots with a local elementary school.
Camastro currently leads Manhattan batting .500 with six hits and a .600 on-base percentage after the Jaspers’ first series of the season at Florida International last weekend. Manhattan travels to No. 23 Florida Gulf Coast for a four-game set this weekend, beginning on Friday at 6:30 p.m. in Fort Myers, Fla.