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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 (second team), 2017
• CoSIDA Academic All-America (third team), 2016
• CoSIDA Academic All-District (first team), 2016 and 2017
• Sun Belt Commissioner's List, 2014-15. 2015-16, 2016-17
• President's List, Spring 2015, Fall 2015; Spring 2016, Fall 2016; Spring 2017
• Dean's List, Fall 2014

AT GEORGIA STATE

Three-year starter at shortstop who is a two-time CoSIDA Academic All-American and a Freshman All-American in 2015 ... Just Georgia State's fourth two-time Academic All-American in any sport (second in baseball) ... Earned his starting spot at shortstop from Opening Day of his freshman season and has been a steady force at the plate and in the field ever since ... Has made Georgia State's President's List (semester GPA of 4.0 or higher) the last five semesters.

Career batting average of .288 with 77 RBI and 98 runs scored ... Second in GSU history with 31 sacrifice bunts, just two behind the record of 33 (Ryan Sterling, 2003-05) ... Hit by pitch 25 times, tied for fourth in the Panther record book ... Has driven in the game-winning run in extra innings four times in his career.

2017: Earned CoSIDA Academic All-America honors for the second straight year with his selection to the second team ...  His 4.08 GPA is the highest on the entire Academic All-America squad, also for the second straight year.

Second on the team with 25 RBI ... Hit .275 with two homers and 30 runs scored ... Team-leading 14 doubles ... Also led the team with eight sacrifice bunts ... Played in 52 games.

Game-winning hits in two extra-inning victories on the season ... Hit a walk-off double in the 11th inning for a 4-3 win over ULM (4-29-17). Also had an RBI-double in GSU's three-run eighth inning rally that tied the game ... Delivered the game-winning, two-run double in the 11th inning of GSU's 2-0 win at No. 14 Ole Miss (3-8-17) .... Produced another game-winner with a solo home run in the eighth inning for a 2-1 victory over UTA Arlington (3-18-17) ... Had an 11-game hitting streak snapped vs. Coastal Carolina ... Smacked a two-run double in 8-6 win at App State (4-21-17) ... Had five RBI in the Texas State series, including a two-run homer in the seventh inning of Sunday's series-clinching 11-8 win ... Went 3-for-3 with two doubles in 3-0 win over Savannah State (5-10-17).

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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