AUSTIN, Texas--Senior infielder Taylor Jones picked up additional academic honors Friday, earning a spot on the CoSIDA Academic All-American Third Team, as announced by the College Sports Information Directors of America.
Jones earned the honor with a strong final year at GU, both in the classroom and on the diamond. He graduated with a degree in communication studies in May, holding a GPA of 3.50 when voting for the award started earlier in the season. That since climbed to 3.52 with the conclusion of the spring semester.
Outside of class, the first baseman has seen just as much success. Jones tops the West Coast Conference and is sixth in the nation with 24 doubles, and his 0.45 doubles per game are even better at fourth in Division I. The Kent, Wash., native is also second in the WCC with 73 hits, and he's also set career highs in most other offensive categories, including triples (4) and RBIs (33). Defensively, he's been reliable while manning first, posting a .991 fielding percentage.
This is Jones' third academic honor of the season. He was named Academic All-District 8 in April to be eligible for Academic All-America status, and he also earned a spot on the WCC's All-Academic team. Gonzaga has now had seven Academic All-America winners since 2000, but Jones is the first since Cameron Edman picked up the accolade in 2011.
Jones and the rest of the Gonzaga baseball squad play today, Friday, June 3, in the first round of the NCAA Regionals. The Zags take on Arizona State at Noon in Fort Worth, Texas.