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BASEBALL EARNS ABCA TEAM ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD

BASEBALL EARNS ABCA TEAM ACADEMIC EXCELLENCE AWARD

Team Academic Award recipients

SACRAMENTO, Calif. -- The Sacramento State baseball program received the Team Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) for its work in the classroom.

To be eligible for the award, a program must have posted a GPA of 3.0 or better during the 2015-16 academic year. This marks the first year of the award, and Sacramento State was one of just 29 NCAA Div. I baseball teams to receive the honor.

Hornet Baseball currently has a 3.277 overall team grade point average, which is the highest GPA among Sacramento State's nine men's sports. In fact, at the conclusion of the spring semester, 20 different players on the Hornets' roster maintained an overall GPA above a 3.0.

In addition, the baseball squad has been the recipient of the Sacramento State Men's Academic Team of the Year Award three consecutive years.

"I am very proud of the team's accomplishments in the classroom," Sacramento State head coach Reggie Christiansen said. "We have continued to set GPA records each of the last three years and that's a big credit to our student-athletes. I'd also like to give a special thanks to our Student-Athlete Resource Center for their support, as well as (assistant coach) Jake Angier for his efforts on the academic side."

Not only have the Hornets enjoyed success in the classroom, the team has also performed well on the field. Sacramento State has posted five straight 30-win seasons, the longest stretch for the program in over 20 years. Sacramento State has won 168 games since 2012, more than several perennial postseason qualifiers including Pepperdine, Stanford, Long Beach State, Cal, USC and Fresno State.