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Baseball Picked Fourth in Conference USA Preseason Poll

Mason Robbins
Jan. 29, 2014

HATTIESBURG, Miss. - The Southern Miss baseball team has been chosen to finish fourth in Conference USA this spring in a vote conducted by the league's 13 coaches and released Wednesday morning from the Irving, Texas office.

Junior outfielder Mason Robbins (Leakesville, Miss.) was the only Golden Eagle picked to the preseason all-conference team by the coaches, after finished his 2013 campaign with a .317 batting average, two home runs and 40 RBI to go along with a second-team all-conference nod last spring.

Rice collected 12 of the league's 13 first-place votes to be picked finished first, followed by league newcomer Florida Atlantic, East Carolina, the Golden Eagles, Tulane (which received the only other first-place vote), FIU, UTSA, Charlotte, Middle Tennessee, Old Dominion, UAB, Marshall and Louisiana Tech.

ECU designated hitter/pitcher Drew Reynolds and FIU catcher Aramis Garcia collected the preseason Co-Player of the Year nods, while Rice junior right-hander Zech Lemond was voted preseason Pitcher of the Year.

The top eight teams will make the league's postseason tournament set to be held at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field from May 21-25. Tickets for the 2014 Southern Miss baseball season can be purchased by going online at, by phone at 1-800-844-TICK (8425) or in person at the Pat Ferlise Ticket Office weekdays from 8 a.m., until 5 p.m.

2014 Preseson Baseball Awards
(as selected by C-USA's head coaches)
Predicted Order of Finish
1.Rice (12)
2.Florida Atlantic
3.East Carolina
4.Southern Miss
5.Tulane (1)
9.Middle Tennessee
10.Old Dominion
13.Louisiana Tech
(first place votes in parentheses)

Co-Players of the Year
Drew ReynoldsEast CarolinaSeniorDH/RHP
Aramis GarciaFIUJuniorCatcher

Pitcher of the Year
Zech LemondRiceJuniorRight-hander

All-Conference Team
PAustin GomberJr.Florida Atlantic
PJeff HoffmanJr.East Carolina
PJordan StephensJr.Rice
RPZech LemondJr.Rice
CAramis GarciaJr.FIU
IFBrad ElwoodJr.Charlotte
IFShane HoelscherSr.Rice
IFR.J. PeruckiSr.UTSA
IFEdwin RiosSo.FIU
OFMike AquinoSr.Rice
OFJosh EldridgeJr.Old Dominion
OFRyan StephensSr.Middle Tennessee
OFMason RobbinsJr.Southern Miss
DH/UTDrew ReynoldsSr.East Carolina

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