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#2 Justin Malone
Position: Right-Handed Pitcher/Shortstop
Bats: R
Throws: R
Height: 5'10"
Weight: 175
Year: Senior
Hometown: Abingdon, Va.
High School: Abingdon HS
Experience: High School
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Career
One of GSU's most dependable pitchers, finished second in school history with 73 appearances on the mound... Racked up 14 career saves- ranking first in school history- then made 26 starts over final two seasons... Sixth in GSU history with .722 win percentage (13-5) and seventh with 4.34 ERA... Thirteen victories and 177 strikeouts stand ninth... Tossed 220.0 innings, tenth-most in Panther record books... Named CAA Pitcher of the Week three times, preseason honorable mention and to all-tournament team... Earned Freshman All-America honors.

2012
Made 15 appearances on the mound with 12 starts... Led GSU by striking out a personal-best 72 batters... Second on the team with 77.1 innings pitched... Also added two saves in his first two appearances of the season against Austin Peay...  Struck out a season-high eight in final start at Old Dominion May 17... Threw 7.2 innings twice in season's final month of conference action... Also appeared in four games at shortstop, posting 18 assists with three double plays and a 1.000 fielding percentage... Named a preseason all-conference honorable mention selection on the mound. 

2011
Transitioned into starter's role during junior season with tremendous success after being named all-conference honorable mention prior to season... First Panther to be named CAA Pitcher of the Week three times in same season... Went 7-1 with a 3.81 ERA to run career record to all-time best 12-2... Struck out 52 while walking just 15 in 85.0 innings, the lowest walks-per-nine innings ratio in school history... Held opponents to .289 batting average... Tossed first complete game shutout in five-year Greg Frady GSU era April 24 at Northeastern, allowing just four hits while striking out five and walking just one in being named CAA Pitcher of the Week... Also earned the honor March 1 after throwing seven shutouts innings in 3-0 win over Western Illinois and again after striking out career-high 11 over eight innings in 2-1 victory over George Mason on season's final day May 21 to send GSU to third-straight CAA Tournament... Began season with 14.0 straight scoreless innings... Allowed three or fewer runs in eight of 14 starts... First loss as starter came May 8, first decision he had lost in 25 straight appearances dating back to April 2010... Struck out seven in just 5.2 innings at Delaware April 2... Fanned six over 5.1 innings vs. Towson March 11...

Also made 13 defensive appearances at shortstop, starting once against Oglethorpe April 26... Fielded .959, making just two errors in 49 chances... Appeared nine times at the plate, driving in one run and scoring twice after drawing a walk and being hit by a pitch.

2010
For the second straight season, split time as starting shortstop and closer...On the mound, compiled a 4-1 record with five saves, setting the new school career saves record with 12...Named to the NCBWA Stopper of the Year Watch List before the start of the season...In the field, started 26 games, mostly in the second half of the season, making 31 total appearances...Finished with 26 appearances on the mound, tied for the fifth most in a single season and just two shy of the school record...Struck out 30 in 31.0 innings pitched this year...Went a stretch of 21.0 innings from freshman to sophomore year without allowing a run, setting a new school record that was stopped at New Mexico State...At the plate, tied for the team lead with six sacrifice hits, while providing strong defense in the field with a .976 fielding percentage...Went 2-for-4 with two runs scored and two RBIs against Air Force on April 17th...Went 2-for-2 with two runs scored and two RBIs against George Mason...Went 2-for-4 in the series opener with UNC Wilmington, scoring twice.

2009
Named to the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team by Collegiate Baseball...Named to the NCBWA Freshman All-American Second Team...Earned CAA All-Tournament Team honors after earning the win against Northeastern in the opening game of the CAA Championship...Also earned saves in both games against UNC Wilmington during the Panthers run to the school's first-ever CAA Championship, recording the final out of the championship...The win over Northeastern was his first career victory...Allowed just two hits in two innings pitched against No. 22 Elon in the NCAA Atlanta Regional, holding the Phoenix scoreless while striking out two...Served as both an infielder and relief pitcher during the season...On the mound, moved into the top ten in school history with seven saves, third most in program history...Anchored a bullpen that set a school record with 19 saves during the season...Finished the year with a team best 1.35 ERA in 18 appearances, closing out both of the Panthers' shutouts...Struck out 23 in 26.2 innings pitched, while holding opponents to just a .216 batting average, tops on the team...Made 29 appearances in the field, including 19 starts at shortstop...Collected first career hit going 1-for-2 against Eastern Michigan...Finished the year with 13 runs scored and seven RBIs, along with a pair of doubles...Ended the season with a .337 on base percentage after walking 11 times.

Prep
Played for Mark Francisco at Abingdon HS in Abingdon, Va...Earned the Scholar-Athlete Award three times...As a member of the Falcons, earned All-State honors as a sophomore, junior and senior...Received the Jack Musser Most Outstanding Spring Athlete Award and was named team MVP twice...Holds the school record for the most hits in a season, as well as most runs scored in a season...Won the Abingdon Falcon Award...Batted .551 as a sophomore and went 6-3 on the mound...During his junior year, batted .440, while accumulating a 7-3 pitching record...Batted .515 as a senior...That same season, batted 5-for-6 with two doubles in the Region 4 Championship game, leading the Falcons to the championship and a 19-8 record.

Personal
Born on April 5, 1990, to Terry and Nyana Malone in Bristol, Tn. ...Has an older brother, Tyler, who is a right-handed pitcher for Kings College in Tennessee...Currently majoring in geography.

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