2019 USA South Baseball Awards Announced

2019 USA South Baseball Awards Announced

The USA South Athletic Conference has announced its 2019 All-Conference awards for baseball. Piedmont College's Brady Ballstadt was named Player of the Year while his coach, Justin Scali earned Coach of the Year honors. LaGrange College's Austin Fain was named Pitcher of the Year, Pfeiffer University's Bryce Marsh earned Rookie of the Year honors while Huntingdon College's Tucker Duke earned Rookie Pitcher of the Year accolades. 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 senior outfielder from Sewanee, Georgia becomes the fourth player in League history to be named USA South Player of the Year in back-to-back seasons. He currently is ranked within the top-three of ten Conference offensive categories. Ballstadt owns a .411 batting average, a .511 on-base percentage and a .629 slugging percentage to go along with a League-leading 53 runs scored and 21 stolen bases as well as a single-season program record 19 doubles. He has also accumulated 62 hits, 31 RBI and two home runs this year. Against USA South competition only, Ballstadt led the League in on-base percentage, slugging percentage, runs scored, hits and doubles. For his efforts, he earns First Team All-Conference accolades for the third consecutive season. Finally, he was named USA South Player of the Week once this spring.

Fain, a senior from Ariton, Alabama becomes the second Panther (Ryan Broaderick, 2016) in the program's short history in the Conference to be named USA South Pitcher of the Year. He currently has a perfect 5-0 record with one save in 10 appearances, nine of which were starts. In 47.2 innings pitched, Fain has established a 1.72 ERA and averaged 8.69 strikeouts per game. All of Fain's victories, along with his one save, came against USA South foes as he posted a League-best 0.89 ERA against Conference opposition. This season, he collects First Team All-Conference honors as a starting pitcher for the first time in his career. 

Marsh, a freshman designated hitter from Asheboro, North Carolina, becomes the first Falcon, in the program's brief League history, to earn USA South Rookie of the Year in baseball. He currently leads all Conference rookies in the categories of batting average (.381), on-base percentage (.500), slugging percentage (.628), home runs (6) and walks (31). Marsh has also added 35 runs scored and 32 RBI this spring. Against USA South opposition this season, Marsh was tied for the Conference lead with five home runs. For his efforts, Marsh collects First Team All-Conference accolades. Finally, he was named USA South Rookie of the Week once this spring.

A freshman pitcher from Pulaski, Tennessee, Duke is the second Hawk (Jared Gonzalez, 2015) in the program's brief history in the League to be named USA South Rookie Pitcher of the Year. Strictly out of the bullpen, he has posted a 4-1 record in 15 appearances. In 30.2 innings pitched, Duke has compiled a 2.05 ERA with 32 strikeouts and an opponent batting average of .204. Against USA South foes only, Duke was 2-0 with a 1.96 ERA. Finally, Duke was named USA South Rookie Pitcher of the Week twice this season.

In his third season at the helm of Piedmont, Scali becomes the first Lion head coach to earn USA South Baseball Coach of the Year in the program's short history within the League. Currently ranked 12th in the nation, Piedmont captured the program's first USA South Regular Season crown by accumulating a 19-3 Conference record. Overall, the Lions sit at 29-8 and have been ranked nationally for the last seven weeks. Despite being selected in a second-place tie within the preseason USA South Coaches Poll, Piedmont will head to 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

Brady Ballstadt

Austin Fain

Bryce Marsh

Tucker Duke

Justin Scali

The 2019 USA South Baseball All-Conference Team:

First Team Second Team Third Team
1B - Andrew Burden, Piedmont
2B - Tyler Burdette, Piedmont
3B - Tucker Criswell, Methodist
SS - Wes Powell, Huntingdon
C - Alex Kachler, Methodist
DH/Util - Bryce Marsh, Pfeiffer
OF - Brady Ballstadt, Piedmont
OF - Cedrick Kornegay, N.C. Wesleyan
OF - Kirby Lambert, Pfeiffer
SP - Sam Carpenter, Piedmont
SP - Austin Fain, LaGrange
SP - Nick Richmond, Pfeiffer
RP - Matt Vonderschmidt, Piedmont
1B - Trey Croom, N.C. Wesleyan
2B - Ira Dorin, Pfeiffer
3B - Tyler Price, Greensboro
SS - Bryan Kowalski, Pfeiffer
C - Scotty McGuire, Greensboro
DH/Util. - EJ Churchich, LaGrange
OF - McKinley Erves, LaGrange
OF - John Mitchell, Covenant
OF - Joe Ruth, LaGrange
SP - Wallace Henry, Huntingdon
SP - Tristen Luck, Methodist
SP - Nathan Ray, Pfeiffer
RP - Spencer Douches, LaGrange
1B - Mason Striplin, Pfeiffer
2B - Brad Pennington, N.C. Wesleyan
3B - Mike Homan, Maryville
SS - Matthias Carter, Methodist
C - Chaston Gordon, Pfeiffer
DH/Util. - Christian Poulsen, Maryville
OF - Logan Andrews, N.C. Wesleyan
OF - Ethan Carmack, Methodist
OF - Lincoln Hewett, Greensboro
SP - Jordan Davis, Maryville
SP - Richie Post, LaGrange
SP - Kross Robinson, Brevard
RP - David Craft, Piedmont
  Martin Nicolay, Averett
Griffin Norris, Berea
JJ Wilkes, Brevard
Ken Alexander, Covenant
Tyler Price, Greensboro
Garrett Breland, Huntingdon
Austin McDade, LaGrange
Nick McClendon, Maryville
Will Walker, Methodist
Brandon Wheat, N.C. Wesleyan
Ira Dorin, Pfeiffer
David Craft, Piedmont
Michael Milian, William Peace