JONESBORO, Ark. (7/28/17) – The Arkansas State baseball squad has claimed one of the American Baseball Coaches Association's Team Academic Excellence Awards for the second straight season as recently announced by the ABCA.
The Red Wolves were one of 224 programs from all levels of collegiate baseball and high school baseball to earn an award. A-State was just one of 40 Division I teams to be honored and was the only school from the Sun Belt Conference, in addition to being the only DI program in the state, to receive the accolade.
Teams from every level of college and high school baseball were honored with the award, which recognizes teams coached by ABCA members that posted a GPA over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the 2016-17 academic year.
The American Baseball Coaches Association has a long tradition of recognizing the achievements of baseball coaches and student-athletes. The ABCA/Rawlings All-America Teams are the nation's oldest, founded in 1949, and the ABCA's awards program also includes the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Awards, the ABCA/Diamond Regional & National Coaches of the Year and several other major awards such as the ABCA Hall of Fame and the Ethics in Coaching Award.
A-State finished the 2017 campaign with a 28-27 record to claim its first winning season since 2014 and won two games in the SBC Tournament for the eighth consecutive season, the only team in the league to accomplish that feat.For the latest on A-State baseball follow the team by logging onto the Arkansas State Baseball Facebook page or by following the team on Twitter (@AStateBaseball) and Instagram (arkansasstatebaseball).