ATLANTA -- Georgia State shortstop Justin Jones was named to the CoSIDA Academic All-America® Division I Baseball Team for the second straight year, announced Friday by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Jones made the 2017 second team after earning third-team accolades in 2016. He is just Georgia State's fourth two-time Academic All-American in any sport but the second baseball student-athlete in the last two years, along with catcher Joey Roach (2015 and 2016).
Georgia State boasts 19 Academic All-America student-athletes in its history, including six honorees the last three years.
Jones' 4.08 grade point average in health and physical education is the highest on the 33-man Academic All-America® team.
The junior from Warner Robins, Ga., is a three-year starter at shortstop with a career batting average of .288 with 77 runs batted in and 98 runs scored, including Freshman All-America honors in 2015. This season, he was second on the team with 25 RBI while hitting .275 with two homers, a team-leading 14 doubles and 30 runs scored. Jones has driven in the game-winning run in extra innings four times in his career, including twice this season.
In the last five years, eight different Georgia State baseball players have earned a total of 12 All-America awards: Chase Raffield (All-American, 2013 and 14), Chad Prain (All-American, 2013), Nic Wilson (All-American, 2014), Matt Rose (Freshman All-American, 2013), Josh Merrigan (Freshman All-American, 2013), Scott Sarratt (Academic All-American, 2013), Justin Jones (Freshman All-American, 2015; Academic All-American, 2016 and 2017), Joey Roach (Academic All-American, 2015 and 16).
GEORGIA STATE'S CoSIDA ACADEMIC ALL-AMERICANS
|1987-88||Traci Cheek||Women's Basketball||First|
|1994-95||Bettina Schmidt||Women's Volleyball||Third|
|2003-04||Kasper Jorgenson||Men's At-Large (Golf)||Third|
|2004-05||Jenn Feenstra||Women's Track/CC||First|
|2010-11||Bri Cagle||Women's Soccer||Third|
|2010-11||Yolanda Berryhill||Women's Track/CC||Third|
|2011-12||Bri Cagle||Women's Soccer||Second|
|2011-12||Vineece Verdun||Women's Volleyball||Third|
|2012-13||Victor Valente||Men's At-Large (Tennis)||First|
|2015-16||JJ Grey||Men's At-Large (Golf)||Third|