MSU Media Relations
A first-class representative of Mississippi State University, baseball left-hander Ross Mitchell was named one of 30 candidates for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award, Premier Sports Management announced recently. The award recognizes those with notable achievements in four areas of excellence: community, classroom, character and competition.
Mitchell is a member of the SEC Community Service Team, and has gone on mission trips to the Bahamas the last two winters to help build homes and teach the game of baseball. The senior has spoken to over a dozen schools and churches since 2013 and coaches high school kids on summer teams during the offseason.
This past winter, Mitchell bought Christmas presents for a hometown child and surprised him with the gifts at his school. The lefty organized a fundraiser for a fellow MSU student this spring to pay for her tuition in 2015. Mitchell also organized a quarterly event on campus called “The Outlet,” where he brings in a band and a guest speaker in an attempt to encourage students to stay positive.
While at Mississippi State University, Mitchell has excelled as a double-major student and will graduate this coming May with a bachelor’s in both business administration and marketing. In addition, he has maintained an impressive 3.29 GPA while also being named to the Dean’s List (3.5-3.79 GPA) in the spring of 2014 and the President’s List (3.8-4.0 GPA) in the fall of 2014. The southpaw is also a four-time member of the SEC Academic Honor Roll.
On the field, Mitchell is the third winningest active pitcher in college baseball, owning a 27-7 record. His career .794 winning percentage ranks fifth in school history, while his 2.29 career ERA in 226 1/3 innings is tied for sixth.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists 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 candidate who best exemplifies excellence in the four Cs of community, classroom, character and competition. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2015 College World Series® in June.
Mississippi State Senior CLASS Award History
2012 – Johnthan Banks (Football) – Finalist
2010 – Chelsea Bramlett (Softball) – Finalist
2005 – Lawrence Roberts (Men’s Basketball) – Finalist
2005 – Tan White (Women’s Basketball) – Finalist
2003 – LaToya Thomas (Women’s Basketball) – WINNER