Cambridge, Mass. (May 4) -- MIT baseball players John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.), Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) and David Hesslink (San Diego, Calif.) have each been named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District Team. This is the third selection for Drago and the second of their careers for both Filiere and Hesslink.
Drago, who is a mechanical engineering major, is a three-time Academic All-District honoree, three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference and a CoSIDA Academic All-America Second Team in 2016. The former NEWMAC Rookie of the Year and a two-time NEWMAC All-Conference selection, Drago has a hit in 11 of his last 12 games including seven multi-hit games to raise his season average to .302. He also has a career-best .982 fielding percentage, making just three errors in 169 total chances and 96 assists.
Filiere, who is majoring in business analytics, has emerged as the top player in the nation as he is currently batting .370 with 48 runs scored, 12 home runs, 40 RBI and 16 stolen bases. Reaching base safely in 62 consecutive games, Filiere is a two-time NEWMAC All-Conference honoree and this spring, was named as the Baseball America Division III Preseason Player of the Year and the top MLB draft prospect in Division III. With a .534 on-base percentage and a .795 slugging percentage, Filiere has drawn a league-best 41 walks and is second in the nation in walks per game.
Hesslink, who is also a mechanical engineering major, is a two-time NEWMAC All-Conference selection who was named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-America Third Team. He is a three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honoree who owns a 5-3 record this season, including a victory in the NEWMAC Tournament to push the Engineers into the league semifinals. For his career, Hesslink is the all-time wins leader in MIT history with a 24-9 record to go along with 177 strikeouts in 260 innings with a 3.01 career earned run average.
MIT is back in action on May 6-7 as the Engineers travel to Babson College for the NEWMAC Championship Series. The best-of-3 series gets underway on Saturday with a doubleheader starting at Noon, followed by game three if necessary on Sunday at 1 p.m.