Southern Miss improves to 30-9 on the season and 9-3 in league play.
Returned to action on March 16 against Central Arkansas after missing a year with a back injury...Homered in his first game against UCA...Finished the season hitting .175 with a homer and four RBI...Had three, two-hit games during the year including the UCA contest (3/16), at UCF (3/29) and at Memphis (4/19)...Appeared in 21 games, making 18 starts...Played mostly designated hitter, but started once in both leftfield and at first base.
Hit .269 in eight games, all starts over the first 12 contests of the campaign before missing the remainder of the season with a back injury...Tallied a pair of two-hit games against ULM (2/22) and Troy (2/25)...Drove in his lone run in the first-game of a doubleheader against Nicholls State (2/19)...Hit safely in his last two contests before his back injury sidelined him for the final 44 games.
A Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American, which was the first for the school since 2009...Earned selection to the C-USA All-Freshmen Team...Ended the year hitting .291 with a pair of home runs and 21 RBI...Started 32 games at catcher...Enjoyed a nine-game hitting streak at one point during the campaign... Threw out 12-of-21 potential base stealers...Registered nine multiple hit games and six multi-RBI contests...Posted a four-hit game at UCF (4/2) and drove in career-best four runs with a home run against the Knights...2010 (Fr.): Redshirted...Made the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll.
Redshirted ... Made the C-USA Commissioner's Honor Roll
Prep: Named First Team All-State by the Clarion-Ledger and MHSAA at Picayune High School for coach Cayne Stockstill ... Tabbed a Dandy Dozen pick by the Clarion-Ledger ... A three-time all-district selection ... Hit .519 with 14 doubles and seven home runs as a senior ... Recorded a 1.205 slugging percentage as a senior ... As a junior, he hit .439 with 14 doubles ... Participated in the Mississippi Coast All-Star Game and North/South All-Star Game
Son of Derwin and Denise Bales ... His father played football at Southern Miss and Pearl River CC ... Majoring in Sports Coaching Education ... Born on July 29, 1990.