21 Aaron Jones
21 Aaron Jones
Height: 6-2
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
Hometown: Kernersville, NC
High School: Gospel Light Christian
Position: 1B
Bats/Throws: L/L

2012 JUNIOR SEASON: Aaron was the only Ram to play and start in all 56 games in 2012……..Jones spent most of the season as their every game first baseman but also used in the line-up as a designated hitter…….Jones finished the season as the Rams leading hitter, batting .460, with 91 hits, 19 doubles, six home runs and 59 RBI……..finished the season ranked 3rd in the NCAA in batting average and 8th in hits……..for his standout year offensively, Aaron was selected at the Rams first ever CIAA Player of the Year in 2012……..along with being selected to the All-CIAA First Team, he was named to the 2012 Daktronics, Inc. Division II All-Atlantic Region team and to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association 2012 Division II All-Atlantic Region 2nd Team……..was also selected to the 2012 All-State College Division Baseball Team, and the 2011-12 Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association (CIAA) Commissioner's All-Academic Team.   2012 HIGHLIGHTS: In the Rams opening series against nationally ranked Armstrong Atlantic State beginning on 2/3/12, Jones went 8-11 at the plate with 2 RBI, 2 runs scored and 1 walk……..was 2-3 with 1 run scored, 2 RBI, a double, and a walk in game 1 of a double header against Millersville on 2/11/12……..went 2-4 in the nightcap at BB&T Ballpark on 2/11/12 against #7 nationally ranked Millersville picking up an RBI and a run scored.  Jones drove in the go-ahead run in the bottom of the 6th in this game to give the Rams their first every victory against a Top-10 nationally ranked opponent……..collected a hit and 2 RBI against Brevard on 2/14/12 ……..was 2-3 with a home run, a run scored and 2 RBIs in the Rams 3-1 victory over Paine on 2/23/12……..was 2-2 with a home run, a walk, 2 runs scored and 2 RBI in the Rams 5-4 win over East Stroudsburg on 2/25/12……..was 2-4 with a run scored and 2 doubles against Davis & Elkins on 3/6/12……..had 3 hits including a double, 3 RBI, and a run scored in game 3 against St. Augustines on 3/18/12……..drove in a run and drew a walk in a 2-4 effort at the plate against UNC-Pembroke on 3/27/12……..was 6-6, setting a Rams single game program high for hits in a game against Elizabeth City State on 4/1/12.  He also added 2 RBI, a double, and 3 runs scored.  In 3-game series vs. Elizabeth City, Jones collected 10 hits in 12…….drove in 5 runs on 2 hits against Shaw on 4/8/12……..was 7-9 with 5 RBI, a pair of doubles, a triple, and 4 runs scored in a double header against Lenoir Rhyne on 4/10/12……..in the Rams CIAA regular season finale on 4/15/12, Jones connected for 3 home runs setting a Rams program single game record……..went 3-4 with an RBI, a double, and a run scored against Chowan in the CIAA tournament semi-finals on 4/21/12……..went 2-4 with an RBI against #1 seed Seton Hill in the DII Atlantic Region opening tournament game on 5/17/12……..helped the Rams earn their first ever regional tournament play-off victory over Shepherd on 5/18/12 collecting a hit, run scored, walk and an RBI.

 

HIGH SCHOOL: lettered in baseball for 4 years under head coach Garry Whiteheart……senior year he batted .477 while going 8-3 on the mound with 83 strike outs…..was a 2-time All-State performer while earning MVP honors his senior season…… the past two summers he has played in the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate Summer League where he led the league in batting average at .431 the previous summer and was the team leader this past summer in doubles (12), BB’s (12) and OB% (.438).  

 

PERSONAL: History major……born 3/27/90……parents are Robbie and Kay Jones……career goal after college is to become a baseball coach and teach 10th grade history…....favorite thing about the WSSU baseball program is the great team unity it possesses. 

 

COACH RITSCHE ON JONES:   “Aaron had one of the best offensive seasons in the country last year and contended for 1st-team All-American status behind Nate Minnich of Shepherd U (National POY).   We expect him to do the same in 2013 and we’ve transferred in four new hitters to protect him in the lineup that should allow him to repeat his performance from a year ago.  He will split time at 1B and DH.”