Pfeiffer softball team holds first place in conference standings 

Two Falcons were recently named to the USA South Athletic Conference’s player of the week list

ALBEMARLE — The Pfeiffer softball team currently sits at the top spot out of 10 teams in the USA South Athletic Conference’s East Division. 

With 12 wins in their last 13 games, the Falcons (23-7, 9-1 USA) have the best overall record and conference record in the entire USA South.  

Reigning conference player of the week Mattie Hinson and reigning conference rookie pitcher of the week Emma Bullin have been the centerpieces of a team that will be among the favorites in the conference divisional tournament from April 28-30.  

After those divisional rounds, the USA South Championship Series is set for May 6-7. 

During her award-winning week, Hinson — a graduate of South Stanly High School — was a combined 8 for 19 (.421) with a .476 on-base percentage and an .842 slugging percentage to go along with five runs scored, 11 RBIs, two doubles, two home runs and two walks. The sophomore designated hitter is now one of 10 Falcons who are batting at least .300 during the season.  

Freshman infielder Gracie Griffin leads the team’s regulars with a .394 average, joining junior infielder Kyndell Warren (.390) and senior pitcher Ashlyn Kennedy (.372). Griffin currently ranks third in the conference in home runs (four) and RBIs (28). 

Bullin was honored after posting a 2-0 record and a 1.80 ERA in three appearances. In 11⅔ innings, the freshman allowed three runs on seven hits with three walks and seven strikeouts. Bullin now has a team-best 2.35 ERA with a 5-0 record.  

Kennedy has emerged as the team’s ace with an 11-1 record and 2.43 ERA in 69 innings.  

The Falcons were set to face the Averett Cougars (16-10, 7-5 USA) in a road doubleheader on Tuesday and will then play at the Salem Spirits (5-19, 2-8 USA) in another doubleheader on Saturday.