COLUMBUS, Ohio – Ohio State senior ace Morgan Ray has been selected as one of 30 candidates nationwide for the prestigious Senior CLASS Award, the organization announced Thursday.
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 their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The 30 candidates will be narrowed to 10 finalists later in the 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, who will select the winner.
This year, the right-handed pitcher has made 12 appearances with eight starts on her way to a 6-3 record. Ray has tossed a team-high 60.2 innings, coming way with 63 strikeouts, a .135 against average and 1.62 ERA. She has been involved in two no-hitters this season, including the first solo no-no of her career against Portland State on Tuesday night. In the Columbus community, Ray is a peer educator, helping to create wellness-oriented events for students across campus, while volunteering with the 2nd and 7 Foundation and Buckeye Blanket Bash. She is part of the softball team’s leadership council and is a member of Ohio State’s Wolstein Leadership Academy, which gives student-athletes the opportunity to learn how to lead and develop a leadership style.
The Frenchtown, Mt. native traveled over 2,000 miles to attend Ohio State. Back home, Ray volunteers at Mountain Home Montana, her mother’s non-profit for teen moms, Hellroaring Kennels with the ThisAble Veteran program, Mission Valley Animal Shelter and Polson Share the Spirit, a drive that donates toys, clothes and other holiday gifts for families in need. To view her full Senior CLASS profile, CLICK HERE.