Springfield, Mass. - May 29, 2019 - Following a tremendous season for the Springfield College baseball team, graduate student Mark Joao (Wappingers Falls, N.Y.) has earned American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-Region accolades, announced on Tuesday evening.
In addition to his ABCA/Rawlings Division III All-Region honor, Joao was also selected to play in the 45th Annual Joe Walsh All Star Game at Dunkin Donuts Stadium in Hartford, Conn. on May 31. Joao, who is currently pursuing his doctorate in Physical Therapy, recently earned d3baseball.com All-Region accolades, as well as New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) First Team All-Conference honors. Honored for his hard work in the classroom, Joao also earned Google Cloud Academic All-District honors, selected by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Named to the Third Team at second base, Joao 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 registering 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.
On Friday, May 31, the 45th Annual Joe Walsh All Star Game at Dunkin Donuts Stadium in Hartford, Conn. is set to begin at 12 p.m.
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