Nov. 9, 2006
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss Head Baseball Coach Corky Palmer has announced the signing of Wade Weathers, a 6-1, 195-pound, left-handed pitcher from Meridian Community College in Meridian, Miss., to a letter of intent and grant-in-aid for the 2007-08 academic year. This marks the first signing of the early signing period for the Golden Eagles.
"I'm excited that Wade has decided to attend Southern Miss and join the Golden Eagle Baseball Program," Palmer said. "He will give us immediate help from the left-side and will compete for a spot in the starting rotation. He throws three pitches for strikes with a good fastball (87-88 mph), an above average curve and a solid change-up."
Weathers, who hails from Quitman, Miss., posted a 5-1 record in 17 appearances as a freshman last year with a 2.48 ERA and two saves. He struck out 47 and opponents hit only .221 against him.
He helped lead Meridian CC to a 35-17 record, a 13-3 record in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges, the MACJC Central Division Championship and the Mississippi MACJC State Championship.
He finished with five or more strikeouts three times, including a season-high nine strikeouts against Panola CC. He pitched five shutout innings against Shelton State CC, only walking one and striking out four and didn't allow a run in four innings, while striking out two against Bishop State CC. He gave up one earned run in three innings pitched and struck out four in a win over Bossier-Parish CC.
The Golden Eagles return 17 letterwinners, including five starting position players, two starting pitchers, and six bullpen pitchers from last year's squad that finished 39-23 overall and tied for fourth-place in Conference USA and advanced to its fourth-straight NCAA Tournament. The Golden Eagles have produced a 172-79 record over the past four years for a 68.5 winning percentage.
Southern Miss opens its 2007 season at home hosting the Coca-Cola Classic on Feb. 16-18. Louisville, Northwestern (La.) State and Southern Illinois join the Golden Eagles to complete the field for the classic.