The University of Louisville baseball program was honored Wednesday with the 2018 American Baseball Coaches Association Team Academic Excellence Award. The award highlights college and high school programs coached by ABCA members that posted a GPA over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the entire 2017-18 academic year.
The ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award was introduced in 2015-16 and UofL has earned the prestigious honor in each of the first three seasons. Louisville was among 48 NCAA Division I schools to receive the award this season.
Wednesday’s announcement added to the list of academic honors for the Cardinals baseball team, which extended its impressive streak in the classroom in the spring registering a 3.23 cumulative GPA, the 14th consecutive semester with a team GPA of 3.0 or better. Twenty-seven members of the Louisville baseball team closed the 2018 spring semester with a 3.0 GPA or better.
The current stretch of academic success for the Cardinals dates back to the fall semester in 2011. The span of 14 straight semesters with a team GPA of 3.0 of better coincides with unparalleled success on the field for Louisville, which has three College World Series appearances, five NCAA Super Regional berths, seven NCAA Regional bids and six conference championships during those seven seasons. Earlier this month, the Cardinals baseball program was among 10 UofL athletic teams to post perfect scores in the most recent single-year Academic Progress Rate (APR) data released by the NCAA.
On the field, the Louisville baseball team closed its 2018 season with a 45-19 record overall after advancing to the championship round of an NCAA Regional for the seventh straight season. The Cardinals also registered their seventh straight 40-win season and the 11th in 12 seasons under head coach Dan McDonnell.
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