Shenandoah University’s baseball team earned an American Baseball Coaches Association Team Excellence Award for its academic success last school year, the school announced on Thursday morning.

SU was one of the three Old Dominion Athletic Conference schools, along with Emory & Henry and Roanoke, to earn the award, which is given to teams that have a minimum collective 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale. In Division III, 110 schools hit that mark in 2019-20.

Shenandoah, which went 10-2 during a pandemic-shortened 2020 season, had a 3.27 team GPA last fall and a 3.71 GPA in the spring, according to a news release from the university. It’s the fourth straight year the Hornets have won the ABCA Team Excellence Award.

SU’s baseball team had 41 members make the Dean’s List (3.5 GPA or higher) in the spring semester and had 48 players make Academic All-ODAC (minimum 3.25 GPA) to lead a Shenandoah athletic department that had 270 conference honorees.

Shenandoah’s football team boasted 39 Academic All-ODAC honorees, followed by women’s lacrosse (26), men’s lacrosse (24) and field hockey (18) to round out the school’s top-five. All 21 of SU’s athletic programs had at least three student-athletes selected to the squad, and 14 teams had at least 10 members.

The Hornets’ women’s tennis team had seven of its eight members earn academic all-conference and seven members named Intercollegiate Tennis Association Scholar-Athletes. Four members of SU’s men’s tennis team earned ITA Scholar-Athlete accolades (minimum 3.5 GPA), and both programs were selected as ITA All-Academic teams while posting collective GPAs of at least 3.2.

The 270 Shenandoah student-athletes who earned Academic All-ODAC were 38 more than last year, and that number represents nearly half of the department’s total student-athlete population, according to a news release.

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