The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its 2018 All-Conference awards for baseball. Piedmont College's Brady Ballstadt was named Player of the Year, Ferrum College's Jacob Holland collected Pitcher of the Year honors, LaGrange College's Jack Layrisson earned Rookie of the Year accolades, N.C. Wesleyan College's Drew Tubb garnered Rookie Pitcher of the Year while Methodist University's Tom Austin was named Coach of the Year. Also, the USA South recognized an All-Sportsmanship Team, consisting of one member from each competing school.
All honors were determined by votes from the baseball coach at each institution.
Ballstadt, a junior outfielder from Sewanee, Georgia becomes first Lion to earn an individual USA South honor in the sport of baseball. He currently is ranked within the top-seven of ten offensive categories. Ballstadt owns a .386 batting average, a .468 on-base percentage and a .644 slugging percentage to go along with 36 runs scored, 36 RBI, 51 hits, five home runs and 23 stolen bases. In games versus USA South opposition-only, Ballstadt led the League with a .795 slugging percentage, 33 hits, five home runs and 62 total bases. For his efforts, he earns First Team All-Conference accolades for the second consecutive season as an outfielder. Finally, he was named USA South Player of the Week twice this spring.
Holland, a senior from Courtland, Virginia becomes the third Panther in five years to earn USA South Pitcher of the Year honors in the sport of baseball. He currently has a perfect 3-0 record in ten appearances, all of which were starts on the mound. In 54.0 innings pitched, Holland has established a 2.17 ERA and averaged 10.17 strikeouts per game, each of which ranked second in the Conference. Each of Holland's three wins came over USA South foes as he posted a 2.19 ERA. This season, he collects First Team All-Conference honors as a starting pitcher for the first time. Finally, Holland was named USA South Pitcher of the Week once this year.
Layrisson, a freshman infielder from Ponte Vedra, Florida, becomes the first Panther to earn USA South Rookie of the Year accolades in baseball. He currently owns a .328 batting average, a .412 on-base percentage and a .515 slugging percentage to go along with 27 runs scored, 33 RBI, four doubles, three home runs and a co-League-high six triples. In USA South-only action, Layrisson ranked in the top-ten in batting average, on-base percentage, slugging percentage, hits, RBI, triples, home runs, walks and sacrifice flies. For his efforts, Layrisson collects Honorable Mention All-Conference accolades a first baseman. Finally, Layrisson was named National Division III Rookie of the Week once and USA South Rookie of the Week twice this spring.
A freshman pitcher from Tampa, Florida, Tubb becomes the first Battling Bishop since 2009 to earn USA South Rookie Pitcher of the Year honors in the sport of baseball. He has posted a 4-2 record in eight appearances, all starts. In 48.1 innings pitched, Tubb has compiled a 2.98 ERA with 23 strikeouts. Against USA South-only foes, Tubb notched a 3-2 mark with a 2.82 ERA. Finally, Tubb was named USA South Rookie Pitcher of the Week twice this season.
In his 39th season at Methodist, Austin 12th USA South Coach of the Year honor, adding to his record of the the most baseball coach of the year accolades in League history. Currently, the Monarchs sport a 25-7 record and are ranked in several NCAA Division III national polls. In Conference play, Methodist posted a 14-3 record, earning the program's 19th USA South regular season title. The Monarchs, who captured their second regular season crown in four years, were picked eighth in the League preseason coaches poll. Austin now takes his team into the USA South tournament as the top-seeded team.
|Player of the Year||Pitcher of the Year||Rookie of the Year||Rookie Pitcher of the Year||Coach of the Year|
The 2018 USA South Baseball All-Conference Team:
|First Team||Second Team||Honorable Mention|
|1B - Andrew Burden, Piedmont
2B - Kyle Vidano, Averett
3B - Alec Allred, William Peace
SS - Matthias Carter, Methodist
C - Alex Kachler, Methodist
DH/Util. - Taylor Fought, Huntingdon
OF - Brady Ballstadt, Piedmont
OF - Johnny Carpenter, Maryville
OF - James Poropatic, LaGrange
SP - Sam Carpenter, Piedmont
SP - Jacob Holland, Ferrum
RP - Buddy Green, Piedmont
|1B - Garrett Dorton, Ferrum
2B - Brad Pennington, N.C. Wesleyan
3B - Tucker Criswell, Methodist
SS - Wes Powell, Huntingdon
C - Scotty McGuire, Greensboro
DH/Util. - Will May, Methodist
OF - Joseph Calvert, Huntingdon
OF - Davis Cass, Methodist
OF - Will Cosby, Huntingdon
SP - Nate Gardner, N.C. Wesleyan
SP - Carden Mellown, Huntingdon
RP - Gibson Bittner, LaGrange
|1B - Jack Layrisson, LaGrange
2B - Hayden Hollingsworth, Maryville
3B - Mike Homan, Maryville
SS - Alec Titmus, N.C. Wesleyan
C - Noah Heatherly, Piedmont
OF - CJ Edmond, Covenant
OF - Joel Johnson, Covenant
OF - Max Johnson, N.C. Wesleyan
SP - Luke Westmoreland, William Peace
|Hunter Collins, Averett
Ty Williams, Berea
Drake Black, Brevard
Taylor Bloye, Covenant
Michael Dorsainvil, Ferrum
Nick Corey, Greensboro
Jud Owens, Huntingdon
Jackson Patrick, LaGrange
Caleb Adams, Maryville
Thomas Dean, Methodist
Christian Heisey, N.C. Wesleyan
Christian Marciano, Pfeiffer
Drew Coker, Piedmont
Trey Hogan, William Peace