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).


Year Student-Athlete Sport Team
1987-88 Traci Cheek Women's Basketball First
1988-89 Jennifer Morgan Softball Second
1989-90 Jennifer Morgan Softball Second
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
2005-06 Meghan McCoy Softball Second
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 Scott Sarratt Baseball Second
2012-13 Victor Valente Men's At-Large (Tennis) First
2014-15 Callie Alford Softball Third
2014-15 Joey Roach Baseball Second
2015-16 Joey Roach Baseball First
2015-16 Justin Jones Baseball Third
2015-16 JJ Grey Men's At-Large (Golf) Third
2016-17 Justin Jones Baseball Second