WALTHAM, Mass. – The Bentley University baseball team earned a Team Academic Excellence Award from the American Baseball Coaches Association for its performance in the classroom during the 2018-19 academic year. It's the fourth straight year that coach Bob DeFelice's Falcons have been honored.
The award recognizes high school and college programs that posted a grade point average over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale. Thirty-seven NCAA Division II baseball teams were recognized with Bentley the only one from the Northeast-10.
Bentley is one of only eight Division II programs recognized each year since the award's inception in 2016.
DeFelice's team achieved a 3.14 GPA during the year. Of the 30 players who saw game action, 19 earned at least a 3.0 with 13 of those posting at least a 3.30.
"We are proud to once again honor the academic achievements of so many of our member programs," said ABCA Executive Director Craig Keilitz. "The off-the-field success of this year's award winners is a testament to the hard work of the student-athletes and the commitment of coaches and academic personnel to developing well-rounded individuals."