Pfeiffer Tabbed as the East Division Favorite in the USA South Preseason Coaches Poll

Pfeiffer Tabbed as the East Division Favorite in the USA South Preseason Coaches Poll

Pfeiffer Softball Tabbed as the East Division Favorite in USA South Preseason Coaches Poll

Misenheimer, N.C. (Feb. 6, 2019) – The Pfeiffer University softball team was tabbed as the favorite to win the USA South East Division, the league announced on Wednesday.

The Falcons return three contributors that received NCCSIA All-State honors in 2018 and five starters from a team that went 37-5 overall and won the ECAC Division III Championship.

Vada Blue Sherrill, a senior from Hiddenite, N.C., returns after earning First Team plaudits at shortstop after an outstanding junior campaign. Sherrill finished the 2018 season with a .508 batting average and went a perfect 56-for-56 in stolen bases. In her 42 games, Sherrill clubbed 16 home runs, drove in 69 runs and scored 64 times, all were program records. Additionally, Sherrill set the single-season team record for on-base percentage (.593) and slugging percentage (.992) to lead the Falcons the ECAC Championship in their first year in Division III.  Sherrill was also tabbed an NFCA Second Team All-American.

Makenzie Pennell (Taylorsville, N.C.) also returns after earning NCCSIA First Team honors as a sophomore thanks to a .368 batting average. Pennell, who split time between third and second base last season, struck out just five times in 125 at-bats and hit seven home runs to go with 36 RBI. Pennell got on base at a .450 clip and slugged .696 while scoring 43 runs in 42 games. For her career, Pennell owns a .383 batting average in her first two seasons with the Black and Yellow.

Pitcher Kiana Millsaps (Taylorsville, N.C.) returns for her senior campaign after garnering an NCCSIA First Team selection thanks to a record-breaking season in the circle. She went 24-4 for the Falcons and shattered the program record for most wins in a season. She was the winning pitcher in both games of the ECAC Tournament and was named the ECAC Tournament MVP. In addition to her pitching, she added 48 RBIs and a .379 batting average as a hitter.

The Falcons will begin their 2019 season on Feb. 14, hosting a doubleheader against Piedmont International.  First pitch is scheduled for 2:00 p.m. at Jack Ingram Field.

2019 USA South East Division Softball Preseason Coaches Poll

Pos.

Team (1st Place Votes)

Points

1

Pfeiffer (7)

63

2

Salem (1)

50

3

N.C. Wesleyan

47

4

Meredith (1)

42

5

Averett

41

T6

Greensboro

28

T6

William Peace

29

8

Methodist

15

9

Mary Baldwin

8