Blake Beemer, a senior member of the Ball State baseball team, is one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award for his excellence on and off the field.
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.
Beemer graduated from Ball State with his bachelor's degree in business administration in December 2012, achieving a 3.64 grade-point average on the school's 4.0 scale. He is currently enrolled in graduate school at Ball State, pursuing his master's in business administration.
Beemer is a three-year captain for the Cardinals, the first three-year captain head coach Rich Maloney has had in his 17 years as a head coach. Beemer is also an avid supporter of his fellow student-athletes, leading the entire Ball State student body in "student rewards points," earned for attendance of athletic events. In addition, Beemer also holds down a job working at the Ball State call center. He was the center's top pledge getter from May 2011 through January 2012 and was second in monetary donations. He raised $30,000 for the university in that capacity.
Active in both the university and local communities, Beemer has spent four years as a member of Ball State's Student Athlete Advisory Committee. His last two years with SAAC have been spent on the organization's five-member executive board. In that role, Beemer is part of the communication between the university's athletics administration and the student-athletes. Also as part of his connection to Ball State, Beemer served as a student representative on the university's NCAA certification committee. Away from school Beemer has been a part of various service projects, ranging from a cleanup of Muncie's White River to working with underprivileged children at the local Buley Center and helping to organize an effort on his team to donate old baseball gloves to American troops fighting overseas.
A three-year starter in his senior season, Beemer was fourth on the Cardinals in average last season at .282. He batted .301 in Mid-American Conference games as a junior. Beemer finished the 2012 season riding a career best 11-game on-base streak. He reached base safely in 21 of the Cardinals final 23 games last year. Defensively, he owns a .995 career fielding percentage and has committed only two errors in his career.
The candidate class will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, and those 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 community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2013 NCAA College World Series® in Omaha June 15-26.