AUSTIN, Texas – The College Sports Information Directors of America released the 2017 Academic All-District Baseball Team on Thursday, May 4. Salisbury University baseball seniors Tom LaBriola and Pete Grasso were recognized by the organization and named to the Academic All-District First Team for their performances both on the field and in the class room.
LaBriola is an Exercise Science major and has posted a 3.80 GPA during his time at Salisbury. He is not only a leader for the maroon and gold in the class room but also an example on the field as well. LaBriola was named the team's captain this past season by Head Coach Troy Brohawn and helped guide the team to its second consecutive and 14th overall Capital Athletic Conference championship.
He has posted a .328 batting average while totaling 54 hits including 15 doubles, two triples, and three home runs during his senior campaign. LaBriola also recorded a team-high 49 RBI, 41 runs scored, a slugging percentage of .513, and an on-base percentage of .430. For his career LaBriola has totaled a batting average of .370, 153 hits, 32 doubles, three triples, and seven home runs.
Grasso is an Exercise Science major posting a 3.40 GPA during his academic career. Grasso, like LaBriola, has been a leader both in the class room and on the field for the Sea Gulls. He has posted eye popping numbers from both the plate and on the mound this season for the maroon and gold. Grasso has recorded an 8-0 mark this season on the mound while also tallying three saves. He has an ERA of 1.47, the lowest of his Salisbury career, while also totaling 82 strikeouts over 79.2 innings of work allowing just 60 hits and 13 earned runs.
From the plate Grasso has 64 hits during his senior season including 11 doubles, two triples, and eight home runs while driving in 43 RBI. He has recorded a batting average of .398, an on-base percentage of .466, and a slugging percentage of .640.
For his career Grasso ranks in the top 10 in eight statistical categories including sixth in games played (163), first in runs (196), second in hits (244), sixth in both doubles (41) and home runs (20), first in triples (12), and is tied for second in RBI with 173.
To be eligible for nomination, a student-athlete must carry a minimum 3.30 GPA and be a starter or key reserve on their team. Being named to the All-District team, Grasso and LaBriola are now eligible to be selected as an Academic All-American; that team will be announced later in May.
Salisbury returns to action on Sunday, May 7 when is hosts the Catholic University of America. The start time has yet to be announced.
To see the Academic All-District Teams, in their entirety, click here.