Softball Season Ends Early with 10-4 Record

Mar 13, 2020

Leesburg, Fla. - The University of Dubuque softball team finished up their trip to 2020 The Spring Games in Clermont Fla. on Friday afternoon with two victories to finish their season 10-4 overall. UD won the first game on Friday 6-3 over St. Mary's College and would sweep the day with a 9-1 win over Swarthmore College. 

Friday was a day not about how the Spartans finished, rather it was a day filled with happiness, hugs, and many tears which would flow once the American Rivers Conference (A-R-C) formerly announced it would be ending the 2020 spring sports season. The team which was once happy to end the trip going 8-2 in varsity play against a competitive field of teams at The Spring Games. The student-athletes were sad to learn the team's seniors just finished their final game due to the stoppage across the nation in sports due to the COVID-19 Coronavirus situation.

The A-R-C released a statement, "Based on the advice received from state, federal, and other public health authorities, with the priority being focusing on the health and well-being of our campus communities, it is with unprecedented sadness the Presidents Council concluded all conference competition will be cancelled, effective Friday, March 13, 2020, for the remainder of the spring season. The cancellation includes all A-R-C spring regular season competition, championships, and awards."

This is an unprecedented time for Division III, the NCAA, your campuses and conferences as well as local communities and the world at large. We will continue to communicate and support to keep student-athletes, staff and administrators safe.

UD announced spring break would be extended by one week through Friday, March 20, for undergraduate students and certain graduate programs. Classes are scheduled to begin Monday, March 23.

Given the A-R-C’s announcement, in-season student-athletes are no longer encouraged to remain on campus during the extended spring break.

Students who are unable to stay at their homes next week are welcome to return to campus. If you have traveled to an area of ongoing COVID-19 spread and/or have been in close contact with a person known to have COVID-19, you will be asked to self-monitor for 14 days. This measure is out of an abundance of caution and in line with recommendations from the Iowa Department of Public Health. To self-monitor, take your temperature twice daily and monitor for cough or difficulty breathing. If you feel feverish or develop a fever of 100.4F or higher, cough, or difficulty breathing, call the Visiting Nurse Association at 563.556.6200 before seeking in-person care. Please visit for a University of Dubuque Self-Monitoring Checklist document.

Campus will remain open. During this time, UD officials will continue to monitor the COVID-19 outbreak in coordination with local, state, and federal health and emergency preparedness organizations. We will assess the situation and share additional decisions as necessary that impact our community by email and at

UD is committed to the safety and well-being of our students, faculty, instructors, and staff. Currently, there are no cases of COVID-19 among those individuals.

Please continue to monitor email and our website,, for up-to-date information. Additional information can be found at the IDPH and Centers for Disease Control and Preventionas well as Arizona Department of Health Services for those at LIFE – Tempe.

Thank you for your flexibility as UD officials monitor and assess the COVID-19 pandemic.