PHILADELPHIA The Collegiate Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) announced the ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District baseball teams today and Penn’s Steve Gable was selected as first-team District II. This is the third year in a row that a Penn ballplayer was recognized by CoSIDA for his efforts on the field and in the classroom as Kyle Armeny was chosen first-team in 2007 and Joey Boaen received similar honors in 2006.
Steve was chosen as one of four infielders on the team that is made up of players from schools in Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, West Virginia and the District of Columbia. His selection as Academic All-District also nominates him for Academic All-American. Voting for that team will take place over the next two weeks. In all, 11 players were selected for the team. In order to be nominated, a student-athlete must be in his second year at his institution and carry a grade point average of 3.2 or above.
Gable had a stellar sophomore season for the Quakers as he started every game at second base and hit at or near the top of the order throughout the season. His average of .372 was tops among players who played more than 30 games and he led the Red and Blue in three major offensive categories hits (55), runs (25) and RBIs (33). All of those numbers were vast improvements over his totals from his freshman season.
He also went on a hitting streak that Penn had not seen in years. He hit safely in 19-straight games starting with Pittsburgh on March 13 and ending with a 0-for-3 game against Cornell on April 12. Over that span, he hit .458 and his season average peaked at .470. He had 33 hits over the 19 games and had 11 multi-hit games.
Head coach John Cole was glad to see Gable’s commitment to academics and baseball rewarded.
“I couldn’t be more excited to see Steve’s hard work and dedication on the field and to his studies recognized,” he said. “It is a well-deserved and tremendous honor. Steve is a great all-around person and that is what this program strives for. It is always nice when good things happen to good people.”