Cambridge, Mass. (May 19) -- MIT senior baseball right fielder Matt Johnston (Portola Valley, Calif.) has recently been named as a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Academic All-District selection for the third straight season. Johnston, a two-time Academic All-America honoree, now advances to the national Academic All-America ballot.
Johnston, a physics major with a 4.7 GPA on MIT's 5.0 grading scale, has the opportunity to become the first three-time Academic All-American in MIT baseball program history. In 2019, he was named as a Second Team Academic All-American after earning Third Team accolades in 2018. In addition to majoring in physics, Johnston has a minor in computer science and a concentration in philosophy.
This season, he tied the NCAA Division III single-game record for home runs with four in a road win over Nichols College in what proved to be his final career game. He was named as the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Athlete of the Week and earned a spot on the D3baseball.com Team of the Week for his performance.
Johnston is a three-time NEWMAC Academic All-Conference selection, a two-time All-Region honoree, two-time NEWMAC All-Conference performer and a former NEWMAC Rookie of the Year. For his career, Johnston appeared in 104 games with 158 hits, 102 runs, 29 doubles, four triples and 28 home runs. He also recorded 118 runs batted in with 45 walks, a .362 batting average, .426 on-base percentage and a .640 slugging percentage.
The Division II and III CoSIDA Academic All-America programs are partially financially supported by the NCAA Division II and III national governance structures to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2019-20 Divisions II and III Academic All-America programs.