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Justin Jones
Player Profile:
Justin Jones 1934666
Position: Shortstop
Height: 6'0"
Weight: 180
Year: Junior
Hometown: Warner Robins, Ga.
High School: Houston County

Feature: Precocious Freshman Big Part of Panthers' Successful Season

CAREER STATISTICS

ATHLETIC HONORS
• 2015 Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American Team by Collegiate Baseball

ACADEMIC HONORS
• CoSIDA Academic All-America (third team), 2016
• CoSIDA Academic All-District 4 (first team), 2016 and 2017
• Sun Belt Commissioner's List, 2014-15, 2015-16
• President's List, Spring 2015, Fall 2015, Spring 2016, Fall 2016, Spring 2017
• Dean's List, Fall 2014

AT GEORGIA STATE
Two-year starter at shortstop who was a Freshman All-American in 2015 and a CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2016 ... Earned his starting spot at shortstop from Opening Day of freshman season and has been a steady force at the plate and in the field ever since ... Outstanding student who has made Georgia State's President's List (semester GPA of 4.0 or higher) the last four semesters.

Career batting average of .294 with 52 RBI and 68 runs scored ... Already ranks third in GSU history with 23 sacrifice bunts ... Has helped the Panthers turn more than 50 double plays each of his two seasons.

2016: Named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America third team with a 4.04 cumulative GPA, the highest mark on the entire 34-man Academic All-America team ... One of three Panthers named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District team.

Hit .290 on the season, but led the Panthers with a .349 average in Sun Belt games ... Got off to a slow start offensively after missing the entire preseason and the opening weekend with a thumb injury but hit .358 from March 25 forward (33 games) ... Outstanding defender who helped GSU rank second in the Sun Belt with 51 double plays turned ... Led the team with 10 sacrifice hits.

One of three Panthers named to the 2016 CoSIDA Academic All-District team. His 4.04 cumulative GPA was the highest among all the All-District honorees in the nation.

Scored the winning run in 8-7 win over UT Arlington (4-3-16) after drawing a leadoff walk in the eighth inning of a tie game ... Drove in a run at Auburn (4-5-16) and saved at least two more with a pair of diving stops. Also turned two double plays ... One game later, he made another spectacular defensive play that likely saved the Panthers' win at Little Rock (4-8-16). With GSU holding a two-run lead but the bases loaded and two outs in the bottom of the ninth, he made a diving catch on a sharp line drive for the final out. Also had two hits, two RBI and two runs in the game ... Collected five hits, four RBI and four runs scored in the Little Rock series ... Went 7-for-18 with three runs scored and two RBI in Appalachian State series, including a key hit in the Panthers' 11th-inning rally to win the series clincher.

Drove in the go-ahead runs in 7-4 win over No. 23 South Alabama (4-30-16) with a bases-loaded double in GSU's six-run sixth inning. Went 5-for-12 in the series ... Had a two-run double for key insurance runs in the eighth inning of 8-7 win over Alabama A&M (5-4-16) ... Had five hits and three RBI in Texas State series, including a key RBI on an infield single in the fifth inning of Sunday's (5-8-16) 10-9, 11-inning win.

2015: Named to Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-American team by Collegiate Baseball as he enjoyed one of the most productive rookie seasons in Georgia State history... First among Sun Belt freshmen in batting average, hits and runs and second in RBI ... Hit .297 with 28 RBI and 35 runs scored ... Had nine doubles, two triples and one homer ... Led the team with 63 hits, the second-most hits ever by a Georgia State freshman ... Also had 13 sacrifice bunts (third in the Sun Belt and tied for second in GSU history) and five sac flies ... One of only two Panthers to play in all 57 games. ... Drove in the go-ahead run in two extra-inning victories.

Had a 12-game hitting streak (April 1-22) that was the longest by a Panther in 2015 ... Key part of Georgia State's improved defense, including a Sun Belt-leading 57 double plays turned ... Drove in the go-ahead run in two extra-inning victories.

Collected two hits and two RBI in extra-inning win at UT Arlington (3-29-15). Drove in the winning run in the top of the 10th with a sacrifice fly ... Went 3-for-4 with and an RBI and scored four runs in a 12-5 win over UALR (4-4-15) ... Had four hits, five runs scored and three RBI in series swep over ULM, including two RBI in 9-0 series finale (4-12-15).

Went 5-for-11 with two RBI and four runs in Appalachian State series (2 games). Drove in the go-ahead run with a 12th-inning single in 4-3 victory Friday, then had two key RBI as Panthers scored nine runs in last innings of 15-13 win. Started the winning rally in the ninth with a one-out double and scored the tying run. Also had an RBI-triple in six-run eighth.

Had six hits and four RBI, including his first career home run, in Texas State series ... His two-run homer in the Saturday game capped a six-run fifth inning that turned a 4-2 deficit into an 8-4 lead ... Had three hits, including a two-run single, in the Sunday game.

HIGH SCHOOL: Shortstop and pitcher for 2014 Class AAAAA state champion Houston County High School … Rated the No. 37 prospect in Georgia by Perfect Game … Named to Perfect Game's Southeast Region second team … 2013 Perfect Game Preseason Underclass All-America team … … First-team All-Middle Georgia by the Macon Telegraph … Leadoff hitter with a .462 on-base percentage who scored 46 runs … Hit two homers with 18 RBI … Drove in a run and earned the victory on the mound in the deciding game of the state championship series against Whitewater, one day after he kept Houston County alive with a walk-off hit in game two of the series … Houston County was ranked No. 18 in the nation in the final Baseball America/National High School Baseball Coaches Association Top 50 … Also helped Houston County reach the state playoffs as a junior, when he batted .380 while scoring 34 runs … Named All-Houston/Peach Counties by the Macon Telegraph as a junior … Earned all-region honors for his sophomore and junior seasons … Coached by Jason Brett … Played for the East Cobb Astros and East Cobb Braves …Member of the Warner Robins team that reached the 2009 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.

PERSONAL: Full name is Justin Alan Jones ... Born May 20, 1996 ... Majoring in health and physical education.

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