2017 VaSID All-State Baseball Team
The honors continue to roll in for Liberty's D.J. Artis, as the rising junior was named to the 2017 Virginia Sports Information Directors (VaSID) University Division All-State Baseball Team, earlier today.
Artis was one of three outfielders named to the Commonwealth's top Division I player listing, joining Virginia's Adam Haseley and VCU's Logan Farrar.
This is the second year in a row Artis has been named to the VaSID University Division All-State Baseball Team. He was a first-team honoree in 2016, while also earning VaSID Rookie of the Year honors, last season.
In addition to the all-state accolades, Artis' 2017 honors include being named the Big South Player of the Year and to the All-Big South first team.
The outfielder also became the seventh player in program history to receive postseason All-America honors in 2017. He was named to the D1Baseball.com All-America second team, Baseball America All-America and National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) All-America third teams.
Artis 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 led 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.