Sept. 19, 2012
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - While the shout of "play ball" for the Southern Miss baseball team does not take place for another five months, the Golden Eagles began preparing for the 2013 season when fall practice began last Sunday at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.
Under fourth-year coach Scott Berry, the Golden Eagles finished 32-24 last year and ended Conference USA play tied for third with a 14-10 ledger. Unfortunately, Southern Miss missed out on its first NCAA regional berth in 10 seasons and will be working hard both this fall and during the spring to reach their 13th overall NCAA Tournament appearance in school history.
The Golden Eagles return 22 letterwinners from last year, including seven position player starters, as well as 10 pitchers, which include the entire weekend rotation, from the 2012 squad.
Berry's intention during the squad's six-week fall practice schedule is to prepare them for the opening of the campaign in late February.
"We will use the fall practice season to get everyone on the same page on how we are going to do things, both offensively and defensively," said Berry, who also welcomes eight newcomers and four other players which redshirted for the team last season. "Our intention is to develop some chemistry as it is very important in the fall camp as well as try to identify those players that are going to be impact players for us this spring as well as our role players."
The fall camp will conclude, Sun., Oct.28, with the Black and Gold game with a 1 p.m., contest.
Practices typically are held weekdays at 2:30 p.m., while the Golden Eagles will also work out on selected weekend days as well. The team will hold its first intra-squad scrimmage of the fall season Thursday at Pete Taylor Park-Hill Denson Field and are open to the public.
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