CAMBRIDGE, Mass. – Three members of the MIT baseball squad have been honored for their achievements on the diamond and in the classroom this season. Seniors Hayden Cornwell (Newport Beach, Calif.) and Parker Tew (Chapel Hill, N.C.) along with sophomore John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.) were selected to the Capital One Academic All-District baseball team the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced today.
Majoring in aeronautics & astronautics, Cornwell earned hits third Academic All-District award and is one of the top sluggers in the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC). MIT's starting right fielder, he has hit .317 so far this season, clubbing five home runs and collecting 43 RBI. Cornwell, who received first team All-NEWMAC honors this week as well, is second on the team with his 14 doubles, with his career total of 51 setting a new MIT career mark.
Tew, MIT's starter at shortstop and an electrical engineering and computer science major was also a first team All-NEWMAC selection this week, with his Academic All-District honor the second of his career. A key component of an MIT offense that is averaging eight runs a game, he is hitting .427 with eight home runs and 46 RBI, with all three numbers career highs. He has also set a new MIT record this season and is second in the nation with his 23 doubles.
Garnering his first Academic All-District honor is Drago, who is the starter at second base for the Engineers and a mechanical engineering major. The 2014 NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, he has been one of the sparkplugs for the MIT offense at the top of the order, with his on-base percentage standing at .417. One of the top players in the nation at drawing walks, he has picked up a free pass 35 times this season and has scored 42 runs, the second highest total on the squad.
To be eligible for Academic All-America consideration, a student-athlete must be a varsity starter or key reserve, maintain a cumulative G.P.A. of 3.30 on a scale of 4.00, have reached sophomore athletic and academic standings at his/her current institution and be nominated by his/her sports information director.