The honors continue for Delta State redshirt junior Jake Barlow as the Statesman second baseman was named to the D2CAA First Team All-South Region on Thursday.
“I’m honored and excited to still be playing,” Barlow said.
The Monterey High graduate is a First-Team All-Gulf South Conference selection and earned GSC and NCBWA South Region Player of the Week honors this season.
Barlow is hitting .327 while leading the team with 53 RBIs, 11 home runs, five triples, 47 runs and a .600 slugging percentage.
Delta State defeated Valdosta State 9-6 Saturday to win the NCAA South 2 Region Tournament on Saturday at Harvey Stadium-Ferriss Field.
Delta State went through the tournament undefeated to advance to the NCAA Division II South Super Regional on May 24-25. The Statesmen will face No. 1 seed the University of Tampa in Tampa, Fla.
“We’re playing really well right now,” Barlow said. At the beginning of the season because we had lost a lot of starters a lot of people doubted us. We’re playing good team ball and fighting for everything. When we get down, we don’t give up.”
The Statesmen pushed the lead to 8-5 in the seventh. Sargent walked and Barlow singled to right with one out. Estave singled home Sargent and Barlow scored on a Matt Majeur sac-fly to left field.
Barlow finished the title game 2-for-6 with a run scored.
Barlow also made a gem of a play on defense at second base, , backhanding a ball hit up the middle, jumping and turning to throw out a Valdosta State batter at first base.
Barlow said the Statesmen are heading to the Super Regional with a lot of confidence.
“We like being the underdog,” Barlow said. “They are a good team. We just need to continue playing the type of ball we are playing now. It’s fun to still be playing baseball at this point.”