Nov. 17, 2011
HATTIESBURG, Miss. - Southern Miss baseball coach Scott Berry announced the signing of right-handed pitcher Zachary Bird (Jackson, Miss.) for the 2013 season.
Bird, who preps at Murrah High School, and plays for coach Scott Cheek, earned Clarion-Ledger second team All-Metro honors his junior season and was a Perfect Game Honorable Mention Underclassmen High School All-American. The 6-foot-3, 185 lb., pitcher holds three varsity letters from his time at Murrah.
"He has a world of potential with a tremendous pitcher's body," said Southern Miss assistant coach Chad Caillet. "He has a feel for three pitches with a high velocity, which has been up to 92 over the summer. His better years are ahead of him as he has a chance to be really special in the years to come."
Bird also has achieved high marks in the classroom by finishing with a GPA above a 4.0 over the last academic year as well as serving on the student council. In addition, he was named to the National Honor Society.
Bird collected a 3.05 earned run average and struckout 58 batters, while walking 17 over 39 innings last spring.
He is the son of Eugene and Glenda Bird. His father lettered in football at Southern Miss from 1971 to 1973, and was drafted by the New York Jets. His mom also attended Southern Miss as well as his brother.