Springfield, Mass. - May 14, 2019 - For the second-consecutive season, graduate student Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) and senior Brian Johnson (East Haddam, Conn.) of the Springfield College baseball team were honored for their hard work in the classroom and on the diamond, as the duo earned Google Cloud Academic All-District® Honors, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA).
The 2019 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Baseball Team, selected by CoSIDA, recognizes the nation's top student-athletes for their combined performances on the field and in the classroom. First-team Academic All-District® honorees advance to Google Cloud Academic All-America® ballot, which will be selected and announced later this Spring.
This marks the second year in a row that Joao and Johnson have been selected by CoSIDA, as Springfield College is just one of two institutions in New England to have multiple honorees. Additionally, Springfield College was one of 11 institutions in all of Division III to have two members of its baseball program selected for the athletic and academic accolade.
Joao, a graduate student studying Physical Therapy at Springfield College, had a monster year at the plate as he batted .380, producing 41 hits in 108 at bats, while also producing a grade-point average of 3.85 in a rigorous academic program. Joao finished the year driving in 23 runs, scoring 26 and driving four home runs, four triples and six doubles. Joao's career batting average of .347 is No. 2 all-time in the history of the Springfield College baseball program, as Joao will also leave Alden Street No. 2 all-time in runs scored with 109. In the field, Joao was as solid as they come at second, as he finished the year with a fielding percentage of .970, limiting himself to just four errors on the year.
Johnson, a senior Sport Management major that will graduate from Springfield College with a grade-point average of 3.87, had a stellar senior campaign for the maroon and white, as he finished the year with 61 strikeouts, pushing his career total to 167, which was just 21 shy of the all-time program record of 188, set by Tom Badcock in 1970. Johnson had an earned-run average of 2.76 in 2019, as he finished 2-2 on the mound for the Pride. Johnson's best game of the season came in a 6-3 win over Clark, as the senior pitched 9.0 innings with a career-best 12 strikeouts. Of all pitcher honores, Johnson's GPA of 3.87 was ranked No. 7 in Division III.
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