Parker Neff, a 21-year-old college baseball player, has passed away. Neff collapsed on the field on Friday, March 29, and later passed away at Allendale County Hospital, according to the Greenville News. An autopsy is scheduled for Monday, April 1, according to the Allendale County Coroner, Renique Riley.
“The USC Salkehatchie family is devastated by the death of Indian baseball player Parker Neff on Friday. We hold his family in our thoughts and prayers,” the university said in a statement on Twitter.
“Counselors will be on campus Monday and Tuesday to offer support for our students and staff.”
Neff had transferred to USC Salkehatchie from North Greenville University for the upcoming season where he was set to be the team’s starting shortstop.
His former team issued a statement on his passing.
“Just got heartbreaking news that a former member of our program, Parker Neff, passed away today,” North Greenville University Baseball wrote on social media. “Parker was an awesome kid, always smiling, and was loved by all of his teammates. Please pray for his family, friends, and teammates during this impossible time.”
North Greenville University baseball coach Landon Powell had fond memories of his one year coaching Neff.
“I loved the kid,” Powell said. “I recruited him and have known him since he was 13. I saw him at Green Valley [Country Club] back in the fall. He was always very nice.”
All of the information we know about Neff’s passing can be seen below.
Parker Neff Cause Of Death: Pending
Parker Neff, USC Salkehatchie baseball player from Travelers Rest, dies after collapsing on field
Parker Neff, a Travelers Rest High School graduate who played baseball for USC Salkehatchie, died Friday after collapsing on a baseball field.
— Sports Galaxy World (@SportsGalaxyWo1) March 30, 2019
An official cause of death is not known at this time, but an autopsy is pending and scheduled for Monday, April 1 at 8:30 a.m. A vigil for Neff is also scheduled for Monday, April 1 at 8 p.m.
Our deepest condolences go out to Neff’s family and friends during this incredibly difficult and tragic time.