Justus named ACC Player of the Week
by Staff Report
Apr 15, 2014 | 1058 views | 0 0 comments | 32 32 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Just a freshman, former Cartersville High baseball player Connor Justus worked himself into the role of starting shortstop on the Georgia Tech baseball team early in his career.

Monday, Justus earned another achievement few freshman are able to accomplish when he was named the Atlantic Coast Conference Player of the Week.

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.

He has continued to post impressive numbers this season at Georgia Tech. He hit .471 last week to help the Yellow Jackets to a 4-1 record, including two wins over No. 1-ranked Florida State.

Justus notched his final hit of the week in the ninth inning of Sunday’s game off of Heisman Trophy winner Jameis Winston.

He also notched two home runs, two doubles and a team-high eight RBIs in the week. In that week, Justus slugged a team-best .941.

As Cartersville fans became accustommed to seeing during his time at Cartersville High, Justus has excelled in the field as well as at the plate.

He extended his errorless streak to 20 games and helped turn three of Georgia Tech's five double plays last week. Two of the double plays came in the Friday and Saturday wins over FSU and ended Seminole innings in which the bases were loaded.

Justus owns a six-game hitting streak and his .313 batting average ranks 18th in the ACC. It is the third-best batting average by a freshman in the conference.

Georgia Tech is now ranked 25th this week by Baseball America and have won eight of its last nine games. For the season, the Yellow Jackets are 23-14 overall and 10-8 in the ACC.