Wortman Thanks Fans, Community, Falls Just Short In Fan’s Choice Award Voting
By Florida Tech // June 23, 2015
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Despite incredible support from the campus community and athletic fan base throughout, the clock struck twelve on Florida Tech center fielder Kevin Wortman on Monday afternoon, as he finished fourth in voting for the TD Ameritrade Fan’s Choice Award.
A competition that began four weeks ago with 18 total contestants, Wortman fended off players from the likes of Iowa, Nebraska and UCLA to remain in the hunt for college baseball’s ultimate fan honor up until the final day.
Developed in 2012, the honor exemplifies college baseball players whose unique qualities expand well beyond the playing surface, particularly in the classroom and in the community.
They are positive role models and exemplify core values like teamwork and integrity along with the drive to win.
As a senior, Wortman batted .297 in 46 starts for the Panthers, notching 24 RBIs and 39 runs scored.
The native of Lakeland, Florida also earned a 3.29 GPA in biological and biomedical sciences, participating in extensive research on Alzheimer’s disease in hopes of being accepted into medical school.
His further extracurricular activities include: Student Government Association senator, president of Intervarsity Christian Fellowship, member of the pre-med club, member of Calvary Chapel of Melbourne’s IT team and a volunteer at Century Oaks assisted living facility.
Rhode Island’s Tim Caputo outlasted Aaron Mizell of Georgia Southern, and will be recognized at the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby in Omaha, Nebraska on July 2 as the winner of the fourth annual honor.