Springfield, Mass. - May 11, 2018 - Senior Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) and junior Brian Johnson (East Haddam, Mass.) of the Springfield College baseball team were recognized for their hard work and dedication both in the classroom and on the field, as the duo earned Google Cloud Academic All-District honors, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), announced on Thursday afternoon.
Springfield College was just one of 13 institutions in all of Division III to have multiple student-athletes earn Google Cloud Academic All-District honors, as Joao has produced a grade-point average of 3.90 in Physical Therapy, while Johnson holds a GPA of 3.87 in the Sport Management program. Joao and Johnson are now eligible for Academic All-America accolades, which will be voted upon later this spring.
This marks the first Springfield College baseball student-athletes to be recognized with CoSIDA Academic All-District honors since 2013 when Sean Smith garnered the accolade, while the last time the Pride had two honorees in one season was 2008 when Justin Nussey and Jimmy Lisowski were selected after having outstanding years in the classroom and on the diamond.
Joao, a senior Physical Therapy major at Springfield College, was as solid as they come at second base in 2018, as he had 71 put outs and 92 assists while committing just one error as a middle infielder. At the plate, Joao was equally as impressive, as he produced a batting average of .336 with 46 hits in 137 at bats, while driving in a team-best 34 runs. Joao also had three home runs, four triples and eight doubles and stole seven bases on the year.
Johnson, a Sport Management major at Springfield College, was the Pride's primary starter this season, as he finished with an overall record of 3-2 with an earned-run average of 2.18. Johnson produced 53 strikeouts in 53.2 innings pitched, as he only allowed 13 earned runs all season. Against conference teams, Johnson was 3-0 with an ERA of 1.74.