Eastern Kentucky University’s baseball team was one of only 48 NCAA Division I programs, and one of only two Ohio Valley Conference teams, to receive a 2017-18 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) Team Academic Excellence Award, the organization announced last week.

The ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award began in 2016 and EKU has earned the honor each year. Only 16 NCAA Division I baseball programs have earned the award each year.

“I am really proud of what our guys continue to do in the classroom,” Eastern Kentucky Head Coach Edwin Thompson said. “This is a great honor for our program to be recognized from the ABCA. To be one of the 16 programs that have earned this award the past three years says a lot about our players’ commitment to be excellent in all areas of their life. I want to thank Josh Shipp and the entire Bratzke Center team for the support that they provide our players year-in and year-out.”

Nearly 300 high school and college programs were recognized with the award, but just 48 NCAA Division I teams met the academic requirements. Eastern joined Louisville and Kentucky as the only three Division I teams in the Commonwealth of Kentucky to be honored.

In order to qualify for the ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award, programs must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the 2017-18 academic year.

The Colonels had a 3.119 team GPA.

Earlier this summer, two Eastern Kentucky University baseball players received the highest academic/athletic honor in college athletics. Alex Holderbach and Nick Howie were chosen to the Google Cloud Academic All-America® Baseball Team as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).

— www.EKUSports.com —

Kevin Britton

Assistant Athletics Director for Communications & Branding

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