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Oct. 4, 2012

Catching up with Fowler Blog
Follow Golden Eagle senior Chase Fowler of Cumming, Ga., as he and his baseball teammates go through individual workouts and then fall practice as they work on their quest to get back to the NCAA Tournament. Chase will write share his thoughts on Southern Miss baseball and other happenings each Thursday during the fall semester.

My senior year of high school, I had the opportunity to take an official visit here for a football game versus Louisiana-Lafayette. The entire weekend I kept telling my parents that Southern Miss was a lot of fun and that I could possibly see myself playing ball here. The following Monday I called Coach Berry and told him that I would like to make a commitment to come to Southern. I was ecstatic!

Ever since the day I walked on campus my freshman year, I have had a special feeling about this place. It is now my fourth year and I still don't know what it is about Hattiesburg that sucks in so many great athletes. Maybe it is the people who treat everyone like family. Maybe it's the campus that doesn't make you feel overwhelmed like some of the larger universities in the country. Or maybe it's just the "Tradition of Excellence" that this university has developed over the years.

Whatever it may be, I have had plenty of doses of it all. I can honestly say that it will be a sad day when I have to leave this place next summer to move on to the real world.

Being an out-of-state player can be hard at times. It's not exactly a drive down the road to get Mom's home cooking or have her do your laundry. I have been away from my family for my past four birthdays and I can't tell you that it has been easy. Being able to spend time with them about three times a year is tough and I know that it is hard on them as well. But it has been great being able to have people around me that allow me to call Hattiesburg my home away from home.

I would like to give a big thank you to the Golden Eagle family for taking not only me, but all of the out-of-state athletes under your wings and making us feel at home. It has been a great three years, and I am looking forward to this last year to be the most memorable one of them all.

As always, One Team, One Mission, Omaha.


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