Will Cates ’16 graduated from Southwestern with a bachelor’s degree in biochemistry, in which he maintained a 3.741 GPA. For his outstanding work on the baseball field and in the classroom Cates was a College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA) Second Team Academic All-America this year. 

In his final campaign with the Pirates baseball team, the 6-foot-2, 190-pound outfielder led the squad with a .388 batting average, 11 doubles, seven triples, eight home runs and 28 stolen bases. He also drove in 26 runs and scored 45 times out of the leadoff spot in the lineup. Cates was named first-team All-Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference for the second straight season and earned a pair of all-region accolades from ABCA/Rawlings (first team) and D3baseball.com (third team).