BSB: App State’s Helms One of Thirty National Candidates For Senior CLASS Award

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BSB: App State’s Helms One of Thirty National Candidates For Senior CLASS Award


BOONE, N.C. — Appalachian State senior pitcher Tristan Helms has been selected as one of 30 candidates nationally for the 2018 Senior CLASS Award in Division I baseball, which has nearly 300 teams.
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 his or her platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in the community. 
Helms (Aberdeen, N.C./Pinecrest HS) is the only candidate from a North Carolina college program and one of only three candidates from the Sun Belt Conference. He walked on to the App State baseball team and, despite being cut two different times, has developed into a valuable relief pitcher for the Mountaineers.
A left-handed submarine pitcher who learned a new delivery early in college because he was told the velocity from his standard delivery wasn’t high enough, Helms had a 1-0 record in 22 appearances last season. Through the first 17 appearances, he had a 0.82 ERA with one run and seven hits (all singles) allowed over 11 innings, and he didn’t give up a run in 17 of the 22 appearances.
Helms has a 3.86 ERA through five appearances this season, as he’s allowed only two hits (both singles) and no runs while retiring seven of nine batters in his last four appearances.
Academically, Helms has a cumulative GPA of 3.53 as a finance major who plans to become a financial advisor, and he’s on the Sun Belt Conference Commissioner’s List as a student-athlete with a GPA of 3.5 or higher. He has made the dean’s list every semester and is regularly a member of the Appalachian State Athletics’ Academic Honor Roll.
Helms is the vice president of the Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for Appalachian State, and he was the university’s representative when the Sun Belt Conference held its on-campus winter meeting in Arlington, Texas.
In the local community, when heavy rain caused severe flooding in Boone in October, Helms and his App State teammates dug trenches and built a roof to protect the porch of a woman’s house that had been affected. Helms also gathered boxes for the Operation Christmas Child project and volunteered time at a Salvation Army during the trip to Arlington.
In addition to those efforts, Helms works with young children at the Blowing Rock School, teaches baseball to children at App State’s youth clinics and works with the Baptist Campus Ministries, as he’s also started a Bible study for members of the App State baseball team.


The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists midway through the regular season, 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. The Senior CLASS Award winner will be announced during the 2018 College World Series in June.
Here’s the complete list of candidates (in alphabetical order):

Name Position School
Taylor Allum Infield/Outfield Kennesaw State
Jack Anderson Outfielder Oregon State
Stephen Born Outfielder United States Naval Academy
Kaylor Chafin Pitcher Texas A&M
Micah Coffey Infield Minnesota
Grant DeVore Infield Lamar
Justin Garcia Pitcher Arkansas at Little Rock
Will Golsan Outfielder Ole Miss
Ryan Hall Outfield William & Mary
Tristan Helms Relief pitcher Appalachian State
Connor Hollis Infield – Second Base Houston
Nick Horvath Outfield/Pitcher Florida
Kel Johnson Outfield/First Base Georgia Tech
Jake Johnson Outfielder Notre Dame
Kyle Kasser Second Base Oregon
Seth Kinker Pitcher Ohio State
Phil Madonna Catcher Siena
Dylan Moore Pitcher Louisiana
Mark Osis Outfield George Washington
Jordan Powell Centerfield Rhode Island
Connor Powers Outfield Albany
Chad Roberts Infielder Northern Kentucky
Scott Schreiber OF Nebraska
Cason Sherrod Pitcher Texas A&M
Dustin Shirley 2B Dartmouth
Jamey Smart OF Loyola Marymount
Troy Squires C/1B Kentucky
John Valente Utility St. John’s
Trey Vickers SS Wichita State
Brooks Wilson Pitcher/1B Stetson