BATON ROUGE, La. | Southern University Baseball is one of 48 division I programs in the nation to be recognized by the American Baseball Coaches Association [ABCA] as a recipient of the 2018 ABCA Team Academic Excellence Award. One of three division I HBCU to be awarded.
It's the first time the Jaguars have been presented this award. Southern is the only Southwestern Athletic Conference program to earn the award this season, and one of four programs in the State of Louisiana, joined by McNeese State, Southeastern Louisiana, and Tulane.
To be honored teams had to post a minimum cumulative GPA 3.0 on a 4.0 scale during the 2017-18 academic year.
The American Baseball Coaches Association has a long tradition of recognizing the achievements of baseball coaches and student-athletes. The ABCA/Rawlings All-America Teams are the nation's oldest, founded in 1949, and the ABCA's awards program also includes the ABCA/Rawlings All-Region Awards, the ABCA/Diamond Regional & National Coaches of the Year and several other major awards such as the ABCA Hall of Fame and the Dave Keilitz Ethics in Coaching Award.