FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Eight players from the USA South champion Covenant baseball team earned spots on the USA South All-Conference teams, announced the league on Wednesday morning. Five players were selected to the first team, while two were on the second team and one on the third team.
Covenant garnered the most players on the All-Conference teams with eight. Ferrum placed six players on the three teams.
Will Cleland, Perry Rigby, David Lockwood, Will Carlton and Garrett Kriston were all chosen to the first team. Scott Gillespie and Chris Rollins were second team selections and KC Simons was a third team choice. Paul Phillips was Covenant's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team.
Cleland, a junior from Jacksonville, Fla., is second on the team in hitting with a .343 average to go with a team-high six triples. The junior has driven in 31 runs and stolen 18 bases. Cleland was named USA South Player of the Week on March 17 following a week in which he batted .474. Cleland set a USA South and program record with three triples in a game against Piedmont on March 15.
Rigby, a sophomore from Decatur, Ala., is batting .324 with three homers and 30 RBIs. Rigby was named USA South Player of the Week on March 24, and was a national honorable mention selection for Hitter of the Week by the NCBWA, after batting .619 with eight RBIs during the week.
In his senior season, Lockwood continued his assault on the program record book. Lockwood, a native of Conyers, Ga., led the team and the USA South with 44 RBIs, tying a school record, to go along with a .319 batting average, two homers and 21 doubles. Lockwood holds the program record for doubles in a career with 66 and is currently third in Division III with his 21 two-baggers this season.
Carlton rejoined the team this season after last playing for the Scots in 2008. The sophomore from Franklin, Tenn., made an impact immediately as he leads the team with four home runs and is second in the conference with 38 RBIs. Carlton was named USA South Player of the Week on Monday following a .500 batting average with nine RBIs during last week's conference title run.
Kriston has been phenomenal on the mound all season for the Scots. The right-handed sophomore from Trinity, Fla., is second in the conference with seven wins and has an ERA of 3.00. Kriston has compiled three complete-games and has 71 strikeouts in 69 innings of work while allowing opponents to hit .233. Kriston was named USA South Pitcher of the Week three times this year, including last week, and was selected to the D3baseball.com Team of the Week on February 25.
Gillespie has put together another solid season for the Scots as he leads the team with a .354 batting average. The junior from Milton, Ga., has a homer and 29 RBIs to go along with 16 doubles and 20 walks. Gillespie also leads the team with 17 multi-hit games.
Rollins, a senior from Hixson, Tenn., is currently batting .331 with three homers and 29 RBIs. Rollins has also produced 12 doubles, three triples and 10 stolen bases. The senior has been productive at the plate and as a late-inning reliever. On the mound, Rollins is 4-0 with a 2.08 ERA in 26 innings.
Simons was a third team selection after batting .323 with nine extra-base hits and 25 RBIs. The junior from Lookout Mountain, Ga., has been productive out of the leadoff spot as he leads the team with 30 walks and has an on-base percentage of .438.
Maryville shortstop Nick Dean was chosen as the conference's Player of the Year. Ferrum's Jake Perkins was named Pitcher of the Year, while teammate Dillon Weaver was Rookie Pitcher of the Year. Huntingdon freshman Will Pharis was selected as the Rookie of the Year. Ferrum's first-year head coach Ryan Brittle was named Coach of the Year.
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Covenant (26-13, 19-8 USA South) will await word on its opening round opponent in an NCAA regional starting on May 14.