JONESBORO, Ark. (7/19/16) – The Arkansas State baseball team has earned one of the American Baseball Coaches Association’s Team Academic Excellence Awards for registering a team GPA higher than 3.0 during the 2015-16 academic year the ABCA announced Tuesday.
The Red Wolves were one of 146 teams from the Division I, Division II, Division III, NAIA, NJCAA, and high school levels to pick up the inaugural honor. A-State, winners of the Sun Belt Conference Team Academic Award earlier this year, were one of 29 Division I teams to claim the accolade. Additionally, Arkansas State was one of two teams from the SBC recognized along with Georgia State.
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 ABCA/Wilson Lefty Gomez Award.
The Red Wolves finished the 2016 season at 29-29 after winning nine of their last 13 contests and won two games in the Sun Belt Conference Tournament for the seventh consecutive season, the only school in the league to accomplish that feat.