The Youngstown State baseball program has been recognized as a recipient of the American Baseball Coaches Association's Team Academic Excellence Award for the 2017-18 academic year.
The award honors high school and collegiate programs coached by ABCA members that post a Grade Point Average (GPA) over 3.0 on a 4.0 scale for the current academic year. YSU was one of 46 NCAA Division I programs and the only member of the Horizon League to be honored.
The program enjoyed a strong year in the classroom overall in 2017-18. Junior pitcher Joel Hake was named to the Horizon League All-Academic Team as the Penguins posted team GPAs of 3.33 for the fall semester and 3.22 in the spring. YSU had 28 players post a GPA of 3.0 or above in the fall while 21 players did so in the spring.