Shortstop Justin Jones is a first-team selection to the 2018 Google Cloud Academic All-America® Division I Baseball Team, announced Thursday by the College Sports Information Directors of America (CoSIDA), becoming Georgia State's first three-time Academic All-America® in any sport.
Junior catcher was the No. 321 overall selection, making him the third-highest pick out of Georgia State.
Hunter Gaddis pitched 7-2/3 no-hit innings for Georgia State, but Little Rock won 2-1 on a walk-off walk in the bottom of the ninth inning in the opening round of the Sun Belt Conference Championship Tuesday at M.L. "Tigue" Moore Field at Russo Park in Lafayette, La.
Catcher Nick Gatewood, pitcher Hunter Gaddis and DH Ryan Glass were honored by the league's head coaches.
Georgia State is making its third appearance in the Sun Belt Conference Championship since rejoining the league in 2013-14 and its fifth overall. The Panthers first played in the Sun Belt tournament in 1979 and 1980, posting a 5-4 record and finishing third in 1980. GSU is 1-3 in its current stint for a combined record of 6-7 in the Sun Belt tournament.
Hunter Gaddies pitched the Panthers into the Sun Belt Conference Tournament and has been named the Georgia State Student-Athlete of the Week, powered by the U.S. Marines.
The Panthers (26-28, 10-19 Sun Belt) are the tournament's 10th seed and will face the seventh-seeded Trojans (27-26, 15-14) in a single-elimination game Tuesday at 4 p.m. ET on Tuesday. The winner advances into the eight-team double elimination bracket, which begins Wednesday.
Kendall Ford scored the winning run on an error in the top of the ninth inning and Hunter Gaddis struck out the side in the bottom of the ninth as the Panthers rallied for a 5-4 victory over Georgia Southern in Saturday's regular-season finale at J.I. Clements Stadium.
Georgia State fell 12-7 at Georgia Southern Friday at J.I. Clements Stadium in game that was delayed nearly three hours by rain and lightning.
Will Kilgore and Luke Leonard homered for the Panthers, while Jack Thompson had three hits, including two doubles.
Fighting for a berth in the Sun Belt Conference tournament, Georgia State concludes the regular season at Georgia Southern, beginning Thursday.
Tuesday's scheduled game at Mercer has been cancelled due to inclement weather. It will not be rescheduled.