ROCKFORD, Ill. - Junior right-handed pitcher Zack Jones (Rockford, Ill.) received the ultimate recognition on Tuesday, when he was tabbed an Honorable Mention All-American by D3baseball.com. Jones becomes the first Regent since 2010 (Kyle Standridge) and just fourth overall, to earn All-American status since the inception of this prestigious organization. In addition to being recognized as All-American, Jones was also named Second Team All-Midwest Region on the very same day by the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA).
Zack Jones' Honorable Mention All-American selection is just the most recent accolade for the junior right-hander, who has compiled an impressive list of awards and honors this year. He was also tabbed First Team All-Midwest Region by D3baseball.com and Second Team All-Midwest Region by the ABCA. Prior to that, Jones was voted the 2019 Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference Pitcher of the Year and First Team All-NACC. During the season, he was named the NACC Pitcher of the Week, after allowing just four hits and striking out ten batters over eight shutout innings against Dominican. Statistically, Jones compiled one of the best seasons for an RU baseball player in recent memory. Jones allowed one earned run or less in five of his eight starts and struck out at least ten batters on five different occasions. The right-hander finished the regular season at or near the top of the Northern Athletics Collegiate Conference in every pitching category. Jones led the NACC in earned run average (1.68), strikeouts (85), WHIP (0.87), hits allowed per nine innings (5.32) and was tied for the conference lead in complete games (4). He also finished fourth in strikeouts per nine innings (11.93), fifth in innings pitched (64.1) and tied for eighth in wins (5). Opponents hit just .167 against him, which is the lowest for any Regent pitcher with at least four starts since the creation of the NACC. Nationally, Jones ranks amongst the best in all of NCAA Division III in five different categories. As of today, Jones is now ninth in the country in WHIP, tenth in hits allowed per nine innings, 20th in earned run average, 23rd in strikeouts per nine innings and 25th in strikeouts. Jones finished the season with perhaps his best start of the year, throwing a complete game, two-hit shutout and striking out a career-high 14 batters.