The awards continue to roll in for Badger senior catcher Alex Jones of Spring Hill College (SHC) on Thursday afternoon following his selection as a 1 st team member of the 2016 Academic All-America ® Team in NCAA Division II baseball as announced by the Collegiate Sports Information Directors Association (CoSIDA).
A native of Pensacola, Florida, Jones started 44 games for the Badgers in 2016. He tallied 70 hits including 16 doubles, 13 home runs and 51 runs scored with a school-record 66 runs-batted-in for a .452 batting average. He added 23 walks and three hits-by-pitch for a .510 on-base percentage with 125 total bases for an exceptional .806 slugging percentage. In the field, Jones made 255 put outs with 40 assists while cutting down five attempted base-stealers for a fielding percentage of .974.
“I can’t say just how proud we are of Alex and how he represents the true student athlete here at Spring Hill College,” said SHC baseball head coach Frank Sims. “He has been an incredible leader on and off the field who has done everything we’ve asked of him and more. He really can’t accept just being ‘good enough’ and is always working to be ‘the best.’”
Jones holds a 3.65 grade point average and majors in Business Management at SHC. He is the 13 th SHC student athlete to receive the prestigious Academic All-America ® Award since 2000 and the eighth Badger to earn 1st team recognition.
Earlier this spring, Jones was named the 2016 Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC) Player of the Year as well as a 2 nd team member of the 2016 American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings All-South Region Team in NCAA Division II.
The Badgers completed the 2016 season with a 29-16 record including a conference-leading 18-3 mark in the Southern Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (SIAC).
Since 1952, the Academic All-America ® Award has recognized student athletes holding a career GPA of 3.3 or higher while at the same time making significant on-field contributions to their team. The Division II Academic All-America ® program is being financially supported by the NCAA Division II national governance structure to assist CoSIDA with handling the awards fulfillment aspects for the 2015-16 Division II Academic All-America ® teams program.