Goldstein Named Senior CLASS Award Finalist

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CHAMPAIGN, Ill. – Jason Goldstein has been named one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, it was announced Tuesday. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must have notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.

Goldstein leads the Illini with a .342 batting average, four home runs and 24 RBIs, a year after serving as the team's starting catcher on the 2015 squad that won a program-record 50 games and advanced to the NCAA Champaign Super Regional. The Highland Park, Illinois, native was named the No. 11 catcher in the nation by D1Baseball.com before the start of the 2016 campaign.

Goldstein is also one of the few catchers in college baseball that calls all of his team's pitches. He was rated as the "Best Defensive Catcher" in the Big Ten by Baseball America.

Goldstein returned to Illinois after being selected in the 17th round of the 2015 MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers in order to finish his industrial engineering degree. He is a two-time Academic All-Big Ten selection and first team All-Big Ten catcher.

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.

Finalists were chosen by national media from the list of 30 candidates announced in March. Nationwide fan voting begins immediately to help select the winner. Fans are encouraged to vote on the Senior CLASS Award website through June 6. Fan votes will be combined with media and Division I head coaches' votes to determine the winner. This year's Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2016 College World Series in June. For more information on all of the finalists, visit SeniorCLASSaward.com.

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