FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. — The decision of the NCAA Division III USA South Athletic Conference to cancel its 2020 spring sports season affects the softball campaigns of two former Franklin County standouts: junior Sara Brown at Pfeiffer (North Carolina) University and freshman Alex Prillaman of Greensboro (North Carolina) College.
The USA South, which is comprised of schools in Virginia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Kentucky, Georgia and Alabama, announced last Friday that it was cancelling its spring season in response to the coronavirus pandemic effective Monday.
“Due to the ongoing spread of (COVID-19), with the safety and well-being of students and campus communities being paramount, the Presidents Council of the USA South Athletic Conference has unanimously decided to cancel all reemaining regular-season (games), including non-conference contests, and tournament competition in all (spring) sports for all league members….,’’ a statement from the conference said.
The NCAA, of which the USA South is a member, has cancelled all of its championship events in Division I, Division II and Division III, too.
“Although the conference acknowledges the disappointment this decision creates for our student-athletes, families and fans, it keeps the safety of those individuals and their communities at the forefront.’’
Brown had played in all of the Falcons’ 17 games and was batting .395 with 14 RBIs.
Of Brown’s 17 hits, four were doubles, one was a triple and two were home runs.
Brown drew nine walks, scored eight runs and struck out once. Her on-base percentage was .473 and her slugging percentage was .674. She had 43 at bats.
Defensively, Brown, a catcher, had recorded 87 putouts and nine assists in 98 chances, while committing just two errors for a .980 fielding percentage. She had thrown out four runners attempting to steal.
Pfeiffer, which had a non-conference home doubleheader Sunday against nationally-ranked Ferrum College cancelled because of the USA South’s decision, was 16-1 with a 16-game winning streak when its season ended.
Prillaman had seen limited action, appearing in eight games for Greensboro, which was 9-5.
Prillaman had been used as a pinch runner/courtesy runner. She scored three runs and had no at bats.
The conference’s decision does have a bearing on the schedules of five other Ferrum programs.
In baseball, the Panthers have had one non-conference game against North Carolina Wesleyan College and two against Averett University cancelled.
In men’s lacrosse, a non-league match against Pfeiffer has been axed.
In women’s lacrosse, a non-conference contest against Greensboro has been wiped out.
In men’s tennis, matches scheduled against William Peace (North Carolina) University (away, March 22), Greensboro (home, March 30), Methodist (North Carolina) University (away, April 10) and Mary Baldwin University (home, April 20) have been cancelled.
In women’s tennis, matches scheduled against Salem (North Carolina) College (home, March 17), William Peace (away, March 22), Greensboro (home, March 30) and Mary Baldwin (home, April 20) have been cancelled.
Ferrum, which is in its second year in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference (ODAC), competed in the USA South from the fall of 1988 to the spring of 2018.