Connor Justus on initial watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award
by Jason Greenberg
Apr 26, 2014 | 1374 views | 0 0 comments | 34 34 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Former Cartersville baseball player and current Georgia Tech shortstop Connor Justus continues to rack up accolades in his freshman season.

On Friday, Justus was one of 35 shortstops nationally to be named to the initial watch list for the Brooks Wallace Award, which is presented annually to the best shortstop in college baseball.

Justus has already earned the starting shortstop position for the team and has contributed both offensively and defensively for the Yellow Jackets.

At the plate, Justus is hitting .300 with six doubles, a triple, two home runs and 21 RBIs.

He produced the game-winning hit against No. 22 Miami on March 15 with a walk-off RBI single in the 10th inning that won the series. He also had a 13th-inning RBI single that gave Georgia Tech the lead for good in a win at No. 13 North Carolina just seven days later.

In addition to his late-inning heroics, he is hitting .325 versus Top 25 opponents this season.

Defensively, he is fielding .963 for the season and .990 in ACC games. At one point, he had a streak of 24 consecutive error-free games.

He also has been a part of a defense that leads the nation in double plays, as Georgia Tech has turned 51 this season.

Justus was named the ACC Player of the Week earlier this month when he helped the Yellow Jackets win a series over No. 1 Florida State.

He hit .471 that week and notched his final hit of the week in the ninth inning off of Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

Justus is one of six shortstops in the ACC to earn mention on the initial list, and is one of nine freshmen on the list.

Georgia Tech was 25-17 overall, 11-10 in the ACC heading into Friday night’s game at North Carolina State.

Justus, The Daily Tribune News’ All-County Player of the Year in 2013, helped lead Cartersville to the 2013 Class AAA state championship as a senior when he batted .402 with 11 extra base hits, 41 runs scored and 23 RBIs.