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Artis Named to D1Baseball.com All-America Team
For the second consecutive day, Liberty outfielder D.J. Artis has been named to a 2017 All-America team. This morning, D1Baseball.com named the sophomore outfielder to the second team of its 2017 All-America squad.
Yesterday, Artis was voted by the members of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) to their All-America team. The outfielder also earned a spot on the Baseball America All-America team. Artis is the seventh player in program history to be named a postseason All-American.
The 2017 Big South Player of the Year, Artis, who also earned all-conference first team honors for the second consecutive season, finished his 2017 season second in the nation with a .532 on base percentage and as the national leader in walks with 62. Artis' base on balls total eclipsed his own single-season program record of 52 walks, which he set last season. In addition, the sophomore lead the Big South Conference with a .359 batting average and 58 runs scored, while finishing second with 23 stolen bases.
Artis, who patrolled center field for the Flames, completed 2017 among the conference leaders in hits (ninth – 65), RBI (ninth – 45) and slugging percentage (third - .552). He collected 13 doubles, two triples and six home runs.
The Greensboro, N.C., native was named the Big South Player of the Week three times in 2017. He was tabbed the league's Player of the Week for March 20, April 24 and May 1. Artis finished the year with tied for the team-lead with 19 multi-hit games, nine of which were three-hit contests and had 11 multiple RBI games.