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OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Louisville’s Kyle Funkhouser and Miami’s Thomas Woodrey have been named finalists for the 2016 Senior CLASS Award, announced Tuesday. The ACC is the only conference with multiple representatives among the 10 finalists for the award.
A native of Oak Forest, Illinois, Funkhouser is Louisville’s career leader in wins (30), strikeouts (336), innings pitched (343.2) and pitching starts (51) while also ranking eighth in career ERA (2.88). Last season, Funkhouser was a 2015 Third Team Louisville Slugger All-American and an All-ACC First Team selection before being selected in the first round of the Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers.
As a sophomore in 2014, he was a First Team ABCA All-American, Second Team Louisville Slugger and NBCWA All-American and a Third Team All-American choice by Baseball America and Perfect Game. He also was on the 2014 Louisville Regional All-Tournament Team and a First Team All-Conference selection. In 2013, Funkhouser was a Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American honoree.
As a double major in both finance and health sector management and policy in the Miami School of Business, Woodrey has made the Athletic Department's Book Buster honor roll (3.0) six times, the Athletic Director's honor roll (3.2) six times, the Dean's List (3.5) twice and the Provost's honor roll (3.75) once. He was also named to the 2014 ACC All-Academic Team.
Woodrey, a four-year contributor for the Hurricanes on the mound, has a career record of 19-5. He was a second-team All-ACC selection in 2015, when he recorded a 7-2 record, and a 2.88 ERA - the lowest among all starting pitchers. Woodrey helped lead the Hurricanes to the 24th College World Series berth in program history in 2015 as one of Miami's weekend starters.
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. The complete list of finalists follows this release.
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 7. 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.