Baseball Adds Two Pitchers for 2018 Season
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss baseball coach Scott Berry announced the signing of a pair of pitchers, including junior college right-hander Jarod Wright and high school left-hander Ryan Och for the 2018 season.
Wright comes to Southern Miss after spending the last two seasons at Northwest Mississippi Community College, where he finished 9-3 with a 3.51 ERA in 2017, including eight quality starts, three complete games and 64 strikeouts over 81.2 innings as a sophomore to earn second team all-conference honors. His 162 career innings pitched and 705 batters faced ranks first all-time at Northwest, while his 14 career wins and 129 strikeouts rank third all-time. He added six complete games over his two-year Ranger career.
Off the field, the Arlington, Tenn., native (Arlington HS) achieved a 3.86 grade point average in biology (business minor) and was named to the 2017 Capital One Academic All-District 1 Baseball First Team, 2016-17 MACJC All-Academic Team and a NJCAA All-Academic Team. He was also nominated for the NJCAA's prestigious Lea Plarski Award, presented annually to a student-athlete who exemplifies sportsmanship, leadership, community service, academic excellence and athletic ability.
Wright is the third Ranger to sign with Southern Miss in the last two seasons, joining former teammates Colt Smith and LeeMarcus Boyd.
Och comes to Southern Miss from Chanhassen High School in Carver, Minnesota. The 6-foot-2 southpaw finished his senior season with the Chanhassen Storm 1-2 with a 1.35 earned run average. He struck out 76 batters in 32 ⅔ innings in 2017, while walking 27. Och gave up just nine hits and five earned runs.
He helped lead Chanhassen to the Minnesota Class 4A state championship as a sophomore in 2015, as a relief pitcher and last season earned All-Minnesota section 2AAAA honors.
Och is the second signee from the state of Minnesota for the Golden Eagles over the last two year. Matt Wallner, who signed for the Golden Eagles for the 2016 season, earned both the Baseball America and D1Baseball Freshman of the Year honors, while garnering the Nation’s Freshman Hitter of the Year by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Southern Miss finished 50-16 last season, capturing the Conference USA regular season championship, while hosting its first NCAA Regional in 14 seasons and second overall.