Parts of this release are courtesy of WPI and MIT Sports Information.
AUSTIN, Texas - On June 4th, the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced the Google Cloud Academic All-America Baseball teams. The New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) saw two student-athletes represented, MIT's Matt Johnston earned Second Team honors while WPI's Ryan Tropeano garnered Third Team accolades.
Matt Johnston, MIT
A Third Team selection in 2018, Johnston owns a 4.7 GPA (on MIT's 5.0 scale) and is a physics major. On the field this season, he was an ABCA and NEIBA First Team All-Region honoree who was also named to the D3Baseball.com All-Region Team. Posting a team-leading .380 batting average, Johnston was named to the NEWMAC All-Conference Second Team as he finished with team-highs in hits (71), runs batted in (57), total bases (119) and runs scored (46). He was tied for the team lead with 11 home runs and also had 23 extra-base hits in 43 games. Reaching base safely in 39 of those 43 games, Johnston helped the Engineers to the program's third NEWMAC Conference Championship and the league's automatic berth in the NCAA Championship.
Ryan Tropeano, WPI
Tropeano has been named as the WPI baseball program's first-ever Google Cloud Academic All-America. In addition to a perfect fielding percentage in 36 chances in conference play, Tropeano was fifth in hits (57) and triples (3), and sixth in runs (42) and stolen bases (21) among NEWMAC student-athletes on the season. A career .387 hitter, Tropeano also batted .341 with 11 extra-base hits, 21 stolen bases and 22 RBI in 2019. Off the field, the management engineering major boasts a 3.64 GPA and served as one of the WPI Student-Athlete Advisory Committee chairs and represented the Engineers at the conference level. He is also part of Big Brother Big Sisters and Alpha Tau Omega fraternity. His IQP studied using AI and automation to improve processes at the Marine Safety Center in Washington, D.C.