Meredith & Piedmont Picked as USA South Softball Favorites

Meredith & Piedmont Picked as USA South Softball Favorites

The USA South Athletic Conference's softball coaches have released their 2018 preseason polls. Each divisional preseason poll only includes votes from coaches within that particular division-only. Head coaches do not vote for their own teams in the balloting. Additionally, the Conference welcomes new League members Berea College, Brevard College and Pfeiffer University. Brevard and Pfeiffer will not be included in the polls as they are each reclassifying from Division II and are not eligible championship honors this season. 

Meredith College, under the direction of eighth-year Head Coach Kim Scavone was picked to be the East Division favorite. The Avenging Angels are the defending USA South East Division Champions. Meredith received 60 total points and six first place votes. Averett University, the defending USA South Tournament Champions, was second with 55 points and the remaining three first place votes. Placing third in the poll with 44 points was Ferrum College followed by Salem College in fourth place with 40 points. William Peace University (38 points), N.C. Wesleyan College (33 points), Greensboro College (31 points), Methodist University (14 points) and Mary Baldwin University (nine points) rounded out the voting.

Piedmont College, under the direction of Head Coach Terry Martin in his 20th year, are the defending USA South West Division Co-Champions and were picked to capture the West Division title. Piedmont received 48 total points and six first place votes. Placing second in the poll with 39 points and one first place vote was Maryville College. Huntingdon College followed in third place with 34 points and the final first place vote while Covenant College was fourth with 32 points. Placing fifth was LaGrange College with 31 points while Berea collected 17 points, good for sixth place. Rounding out the poll were Wesleyan College (12 points) and Agnes Scott College (11 points).

The softball regular season gets underway on Friday, February 2 as Covenant is the lone League team in action.

The 2018 USA South Softball Tournament will feature the top-six teams from each division and begin on the weekend of April 6-8. The top-three seeds from each division will host best-of-three series. The winners of those series will advance to a six-team double-elimination tournament which will be played April 13-15 at the Shuford Softball Complex in LaGrange, Georgia as a part of the USA South Spring Sports Festival, hosted by the City of LaGrange and Troup County.

2018 USA South Softball Coaches Preseason Poll
East Division
Rank Institution (1st Place Votes) Pts.
1. Meredith (6) 60 
2. Averett (3) 55 
3. Ferrum  44
4. Salem  40 
5. William Peace  38 
6. N.C. Wesleyan  33
7. Greensboro  31 
8. Methodist  14 
9. Mary Baldwin 9
--- *Pfeiffer -
*Ineligible for USA South Championship (Div. III Reclassifying Member)
2018 USA South Softball Coaches Preseason Poll
West Division
Rank Institution (1st Place Votes) Pts.
1. Piedmont (6) 48 
2. Maryville (1) 39
3. Huntingdon (1) 34 
4. Covenant 32
5. LaGrange  31 
6. Berea 17 
7. Wesleyan  12 
8. Agnes Scott 11
--- *Brevard -
*Ineligible for USA South Championship (Div. III Reclassifying Member)