ATLANTA--Georgia State shortstop Chad Prain is the nation’s leading hitter, according to the latest NCAA statistics released Monday evening.

The junior from Valdosta, Ga., sports an eye-catching .487 batting average with 58 hits in 119 at-bats. His 58 hits also lead the nation.

Prain, who typically leads off or bats second, also ranks 23rd in the NCAA with 32 runs batted in.

He has 11 doubles, one triple and one home run for a .622 slugging percentage, and his on-base percentage is .519, good for 16th in the nation.

"Chad is having a great season," said GSU head coach Greg Frady. "He has brought a great attitude and a strong work ethic. He likes to encourage other teammates, and he plays with great energy.

"Chad just goes out there with the goal of trying to get better every game and help the team win, and the numbers certainly speak for themselves."

Currently riding an 18-game hitting streak, Prain he has reached base in all 27 games this season in which he has come to the plate, and he has failed to get a hit in only two games. He has 19 multi-hit games.

As a team, Georgia State (16-13, 5-7 CAA) is second in the nation with a team batting average of .339.

The Panthers play at Alabama State Wednesday at 5:30 p.m. ET before returning home to host Fordham Friday through Sunday.