Austin, Texas (June 1) -- MIT baseball players John Drago (Peoria, Ariz.), Austin Filiere (Chandler, Ariz.) and David Hesslink (San Diego, Calif.) have all been named to the 2017 Academic All-America Division III Baseball Team, as selected by the College Sports Information Directors of American (CoSIDA). The Engineers lead all of Division III with three student-athletes earning this award.
Drago and Hesslink were both recognized on the Second Team, while Filiere was a Third Team honoree for the first time in his career. This marks the second time Drago has been named to the Second Team, while Hesslink was a Third Team honoree back in 2016.
Drago, a senior second baseman and a mechanical engineering major with a 3.95 GPA (on a 4.0 scale), posted a .306 batting average with two home runs, 21 runs batted in and 25 runs scored in 36 games played. Playing every inning of the season at second, Drago had 11 multi-hit games and committed just three errors in 183 total chances with 106 assists. A three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference honoree who is a former NEWMAC Rookie of the Year, Drago is a three-time CoSIDA Academic All-District honoree who appeared in 147 career games and registered 166 career hits.
Hesslink, a senior pitcher and a mechanical engineering major who boasts a 3.92 GPA, is a two-time NEWMAC All-Conference honoree and a three-time member of the league's Academic All-Conference Team. In 2017, he posted a 5-4 record with 42 strikeouts in 68.2 innings pitched this season as he made 12 appearances, including 11 starts. For his career, Hesslink finished with a program-record 24 victories as he was 24-10 with four complete games in 46 career appearances. Finishing his MIT career with a 3.02 earned run average, he tallied 177 strikeouts in 268.1 innings pitched.
Filiere, a junior shortstop who owns a 3.52 GPA in business analytics, was named as an ABCA/Rawlings Second Team All-American and was selected as the NEWMAC Player of the Year for the second time in his career. Finishing the season with a .375 batting average, Filiere led the NEWMAC with a .794 slugging percentage to go along with league-leading marks in on-base percentage at .530 and home runs with 13. He also led the NEWMAC in total bases with 108 and walks with 41 while also being named as the Top MLB Division III Draft Prospect by Baseball America. Filiere ended the season reaching base successfully in 64 straight games dating back to 2016, which is the third-longest streak in NCAA Division III history.