by Alan Babbitt
The Hope College baseball team has claimed the American Baseball Coaches Association Team Academic Excellence Award for the 2019-20 school year.
Led by head coach and ABCA President Stu Fritz, the Flying Dutchmen recorded a 3.28 team grade point average.
To be eligible for the ABCA honor, teams must have a cumulative GPA of 3.00 on a 4.0 scale during the academic year. Their coach must also be a current ABCA member.
Fritz is thrilled with his players' performance in the classroom during a challenging time when their season was cut short due to COVID-19.
"I am super proud of the guys, the hard work they put in," Fritz said. "Classroom excellence is certainly something we emphasize. They're here to be students first, then athletes. This award embodies that."