SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The Sacramento State baseball team earned the Team Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association. To be eligible for the honor, a team must have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.0 during the 2016-17 academic year. The Hornets were one of just 36 Div. I teams to be recognized by the ABCA and is just one of three schools on the West Coast to earn the award.
Twelve Sacramento State players were recently named to the Western Athletic Conference all-academic team. As a team, the Hornets posted a 3.302 gpa during the spring semester and now owns an overall gpa of 3.228 — the highest among male teams at Sacramento State.
The Hornets were not limited to success in the classroom during the year. Sacramento State captured the Western Athletic Conference Tournament title and advanced to the NCAA Stanford Regional. The team finished with 32 victories, marking the sixth consecutive season with at least 30 wins. Following the season Parker Brahms was named a Freshman All-American by two organizations and Justin Dillon was drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays.
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.