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McCarty, Sandlin take home CoSIDA Academic All-American honors

June 3, 2017

HATTIESBURG, Miss. -- Southern Miss junior left-handed pitcher Kirk McCarty (second team) and sophomore righty Nick Sandlin (third team) have received Academic All-American honors as presented by CoSIDA.

The last Golden Eagle to make the list was Marc Bourgeois on the first-team. It's also the first time Southern Miss had a pair receive the honors since Patrick Ezell and Trey Sutton in 2007.

Both Sandlin (construction engineering technology) and McCarty (accounting) have 4.0 GPAs.

Sandin, from Evans, Ga., has registered a 10-1 record with eight saves and a 2.08 earned run average for the Golden Eagles this season. Sandlin fanned 74 and walked just 26 in 52 innings of work as he appeared in 26 games. He and McCarty share the top spot in Conference USA for wins.

Sandlin last season earned multiple Freshman All-American honors as well, and last month was named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team alongside McCarty. His 20 career saves already place him in a tie for fifth and 10 behind the all-time record holder. He has allowed one home run in 93 2/3 innings.

McCarty, a junior out of Hattiesburg, has started 16 games on the year and boasts a 3.39 ERA in 95 2/3 innings. Friday's regional-opening start against UIC saw him become the first Southern Miss pitcher since 2002 to collect 100 strikeouts in a season. He has also surrendered only 19 walks on the season, and his 64 in C-USA play led the league.

McCarty has earned All-Conference USA honors back-to-back seasons as well.

Southern Miss will play South Alabama Sunday at 2 p.m. Sunday due to Saturday's rainouts.

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