HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss senior catcher/designated hitter Jared Bales (Picayune, Miss.) has decided to forgo his senior season due to back injuries that he has sustained in his career.
"This was a tough decision for Jared, but he has been fighting back injuries for the last two seasons and his No. 1 priority is his health," said fifth-year Southern Miss coach Scott Berry. "His leadership and experience will be missed on the field for us this spring."
Bales, who appeared in 70 games over three seasons, earned Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors in 2011 after hitting .291 with two home runs and 21 RBI in 32 starts at catcher that year.
Bales appeared in only eight games early the 2012 campaign due to his injuries and returned to limited playing time last season after missing a year of action. Bales homered in his first game back against Central Arkansas last season (March 16).
The Golden Eagles open the 2014 season, Friday, Feb. 14, when they take on Stony Brook at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field. Game time is set for 4 p.m.
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