Mississippi State reliever Ross Mitchell has been named one of 30 candidates for the Senior CLASS Award. The award is presented to a college senior who excels in the community, classroom, character and competition.
The list will narrowed to 10 finalists and a winner will be announced during the College World Series in June.
Women’s basketball standout LaToya Thomas is the only Bulldog to win the award in 2003 while Tupelo’s Tan White (women’s basketball, 2005), Lawrence Roberts (men’s basketball, 2005), Chelsea Bramlett (softball, 2010) and Johnthan Banks (football, 2012) were all finalists.
Mitchell will graduate next month earning a bachelor’s degree in both business administration as well as marketing. He is a four-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member and maintains a 3.29 GPA.
The Smyrna, Tenn., native was also selected to the SEC Community Service Team and has spoken at over a dozen schools and churches in the last two years. Mitchell has also taken mission trips to the Bahamas to teach baseball and help build homes.
Mitchell also founded a quarterly on-campus event called “The Outlet” to help students stay in a positive frame of mind. He also organized a fundraiser to help pay tuition for a fellow MSU student.
The southpaw has also been one of the Diamond Dogs key arms over his career sporting a 27-7 record and a 2.29 earned run average.