The Middlebury baseball program was one of more than 200 college and high school programs honored with the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award for the 2016-17 academic year. Teams from every level of college and high school baseball were recognized with the award, which cites teams coached by ABCA members that posted a grade point average over 3.0 or better on a 4.0 scale.
In total, 224 programs earned the 2016-17 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award, including 60 teams from the Division III level.
"With all that is expected of our student-athletes, achieving a team GPA of 3.0 or above is truly an accomplishment," said ABCA Executive Director Craig Keilitz. "It is a testament to the leadership and commitment of our member coaches to developing their players into individuals who will be successful on and off the field."
A total of eight Panthers in their respective second year or higher also earned NESCAC All-Academic honors last spring, awarded to student-athletes who have completed at least one full year of college study and who carry a minimum cumulative grade point average of 3.40.
Middlebury had a tremendous spring, advancing to the NESCAC Championship game as the top seed out of the league's West Division. The team finished with a 22-16 record, with the 22 victories as the second most in program history. The Panthers also boasted a pair of seven-game winning streaks during the year and set a mark for games played in a single season at 38.