June 29, 2011
OVERLAND PARK, Kan. -- Charlotte redshirt senior outfielder Cory Tilton (Cary, N.C. / Green Hope HS) picked up one last award following his baseball career, one of five players nationally named to the Lowe's Senior CLASS First-Team All-America team.
Tilton started 58 of Charlotte's 59 games this season, finishing with a .284 batting average, an Atlantic 10 Conference-leading 31 stolen bases and a team-best 45 RBI. He was second on the squad with 46 runs scored and four triples and did not commit an error in the field in 144 chances.
To be eligible for the award, a nominated 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 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.
Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, named Virginia pitcher Tyler Wilson the national winner in Omaha.
Charlotte finished the 2011 season with a 43-16 mark, tying the 1998 and 2008 seasons for the second-most wins in a season in school history. The 49ers won their fourth A-10 regular season title in the past five seasons and their third A-10 Tournament crown in the last five campaigns. Charlotte reached the NCAA Regionals for the fifth time in program history, winning the opening game of the Tempe, Arizona Regional over #19 Arkansas 3-2, the program's third postseason win.
The pitching staff, which had the nation's low ERA at three different points in the season and will finish in the top ten, retains all four starters, including the conference Pitcher and Rookie of the Year and all but one hurler from this year heading into 2012.
Tilton was one of four position players to exhaust his eligibility this season.