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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Covenant baseball senior Joel Johnson and sophomore CJ Edmond were voted to the All-USA South honorable mention team, while senior Taylor Bloye was Covenant's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team, as the conference unveiled its season awards on Wednesday.
All honors were determined by votes from the baseball coach at each institution.
The all-conference nod for Johnson is the first of his career. A senior from Alingsas, Sweden, Johnson is hitting a career-best .317 with four home runs and a team-leading 29 RBIs on the year. In USA South play alone, Johnson batted .333 with three home runs and 19 RBIs to go with 13 runs scored. He is second on the team with 10 multi-hit games for the year and leads Covenant with nine multi-RBI games. Johnson also had the longest hitting streak for the Scots this year when he hit in 11 straight.
Edmond, a sophomore transfer from Alpharetta, Ga., earns his first All-USA South accolade. The sophomore is batting .309 on the year with three home runs, 21 RBIs, and 19 runs scored in 30 games. Edmond has also put together 10 multi-hit games and has a pair of four-RBI games for the season. Against the USA South, Edmond batted .311 with two homers, 15 RBIs, and 11 runs scored.
Bloye, a senior from Dallas, Ga., was Covenant's representative on the All-Sportsmanship team for the first time. The fifth-year senior has spent time as both a reliever and a starter for the Scots and has compiled a 3-5 record with a team-best 3.47 ERA in 46.2 innings. His .228 opponent batting average is the best on the team and leads the Scots in strikeouts with 51. Bloye has made 11 appearances, with four starts, and has tallied a complete-game and a save during the year.
In the rest of the top honors from the USA South, Piedmont's Brady Ballstadt was named the Player of the Year and Ferrum's Jacob Holland earned Pitcher of the Year. LaGrange freshman Jack Layrisson was selected Rookie of the Year and N.C. Wesleyan's Drew Tubb earned Rookie Pitcher of the Year. Methodist head coach Tom Austin, in his 39th season, was voted Coach of the Year after leading the Monarchs to a USA South regular season title.
Covenant (12-22) will conclude its regular season with four home games next week. The Scots begin the final homestand with a single-game vs. Birmingham Southern on Tuesday, April 17 at 4 p.m.
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