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Auburn baseball player is a Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award candidate

AUBURN, Ala. Three-time baseball team captain Kevin Patterson is one of 30 candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award for baseball, it was announced on Thursday. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.

Patterson, who has started at first base in each of Auburn's first four games this season, was the First Team All-SEC Designated Hitter last season when he hit .315 with 16 home runs and 33 RBIs. Majoring in economics and carrying a 3.30 GPA, he is a three-year member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.

A 23rd-round pick in the 2010 Major League Baseball Draft, Patterson turned down the chance to play professional in order to finish his education.

Patterson has participated in several community outreach projects, including visiting patients at the Birmingham Children's Hospital, participating in the Breast Cancer Awareness and Strike Out Cancer runs and has served as an instructor at little league camps in Auburn.

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.

Lowe's will announce the winner June 24 at the NCAA College World Series in Omaha.

INFORMATION SOURCE: AUBURN UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS

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