By Staff Report.
Senior utility player Phil Pohl (Cooperstown, NY) was named as a member of the Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award First-Team on Thursday. Pohl was announced as one of 10 finalists for the 2012 Lowe’s Senior CLASS Award for baseball in April. Then on Thursday, the 10 finalists were split into five players on the first team and five players on the second team.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School, the Lowe’s 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. To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as a senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character, and competition.
Pohl, a two-time team co-captain, hit .286 with nine homers, 11 doubles, a team-high 58 RBIs, a team-high 12 hit-by-pitches, and 30 runs in 2012. He also had an 11-game hitting streak from March to April. For his efforts, he was named second-team All-Atlantic Region by ABCA and First-Team All-ACC in 2012. It was the second time he received All-ACC honors on the field, as he was named Second-Team All-ACC in 2011. Pohl also earned Columbia Regional All-Tournament honors after hitting a grand slam with eight RBIs in four games.
In the classroom, the management major had a 3.63 career GPA and 3.0 GPA or better in all eight semesters at Clemson. He was a first-team Academic All-American by CoSIDA in 2012 after earning third-team Academic All-American honors in 2011 and was a first-team Academic all-district pick for the second year in a row in 2012. Pohl received his degree on May 11, 2012.