HIGH POINT, N.C. – North Greenville University's Utah Jones and Chowan University's Marquise Lanier have been named the 2019 Co-Conference Carolinas Player of the Year, while North Greenville's Tucker Burgess repeated as Pitcher of the Year. North Greenville's John Michael Faile earned the Conference's Freshman of the Year, while Barton College's Jim Chester won the Coach of the Year, the Conference announced today.
New to the Conference Carolinas postseason award offering is the Elite 23 Award. The Elite 23 Award is modeled after the NCAA's Elite 90 Award, which is presented to the student-athlete with the highest cumulative GPA at their respective championship site. The inaugural winner for baseball is University of Mount Olive's Reed Parris.
Jones, a senior from Stillwater, Okla., becomes the first Player of the Year from NGU after batting .392 during the regular season with a team-high 65 hits, including 14 doubles and five homers. In 45-games this season, Jones has posted a fielding percentage of .975 with 33 put-outs and 46 assists in 81-attempts.
Lanier, a senior from Warsaw, Va., is the first Chowan baseball player in program history to earn Conference Carolinas Player of the Year honors. Lanier finished second in the league with a .407 batting average with 13 doubles, 15 home runs, 44 RBI, and 11 stolen bases.
Burgess, a senior from Liberty, S.C., finished 2019 with the second-best earned run average in the league with a mark of 2.24, allowing just 68 hits in 80.1 innings pitched. Burgess punched out 86 batters via the strikeout and is 10-2 on the season overall.
Faile, a freshman from Boiling Springs, S.C., wins the second Freshman of the Year in NGU history after batting .409 with 61-hits, 14 home runs and 10 doubles to go along with 53 RBI and 38 runs scored.
Chester earns Coach of the Year honors after leading Barton to a 30-18 overall record and 17-9 league mark in 2019, a year after going 12-36 overall and 4-19 in league play in 2018.
Parris, a junior accounting major from Kinston, N.C., sports a cumulative 3.98 GPA. Parris registered seven wins and 73 strikeouts in 73 innings pitched.
All-Conference Carolinas First Team
1B – Adam Sasser, North Greenville
2B – Mason Dodd, Belmont Abbey
SS – Utah Jones, North Greenville
3B – Drew Yniesta, Erskine
C – John Michael Faile, North Greenville
DH – JT Stone, Mount Olive
OF – Marquise Lanier, Chowan
OF – Jakob Rolly Belmont Abbey
OF – Jeffrey Chandler, Jr., North Greenville
OF – Cory Everett, Erskine
SP – Michael Giacone, North Greenville
SP – Tucker Burgess, North Greenville
SP – Alex Calvert, Erskine
SP – Zack Bowers, Erskine
RP – Kipp Rollings, North Greenville
UTL – Joe Mason, Mount Olive
All-Conference Carolinas Second Team
1B – Cole Warken, Erskine
2B – Kyle Heiss, Erskine
SS – Jojo Allen, Barton
3B – Chase Allen, Limestone
C – Brayden Olsen, Barton
DH – Juan Martinez, Barton
OF – Tony Valdes, King
OF – Jacob Marcos, Barton
OF – Gunner Tolston, Mount Olive
OF – Ryan Creps, Limestone
SP – Reed Paris, Mount Olive
SP – Cooper Murphy, Emmanuel
SP – George Helbig, King
SP – Jakob Ryan, Barton
RP – Parker McPhail, Belmont Abbey
UTL – Jared Williams, North Greenville
Player of the Year
Utah Jones, North Greenville
Marquise Lanier, Chowan
Pitcher of the Year
Tucker Burgess, North Greenville
Freshman of the Year
John Michael Faile, North Greenville
Coach of the Year
Jim Chester, Barton
Elite 23 Award
Reed Parris, Mount Olive
Regular Season Baseball Champion
North Greenville University
Conference Carolinas is a NCAA Division II athletics conference made up of 11 teams from Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee. These institutions consist of: Barton College, Belmont Abbey College, Converse College, Emmanuel College, Erskine College, King University, Lees-McRae College, Limestone College, University of Mount Olive, North Greenville University, and Southern Wesleyan University.