Southern Miss Baseball: C-USA Champions

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Behind the likes of Burdeaux, Braley, and Wallner, the Golden Eagles already wrapped up the Conference USA regular season title on Sunday and they did it outright for the first time since 2003.
After sweeping UAB over the weekend, USM now has a four game lead in the league standings, leaving Old Dominion with no mathematical chance to play catch-up. That means Southern Miss will be the top seed in the C-USA Tournament and a favorite to host a regional with a strong showing later this month.
The Golden Eagles are also flirting with history with four games left on the schedule, needing only two more wins to beat out the regular season school record of 41 wins, set by that same team back in 2003. Southern Miss Head Baseball Coach Scott Berry said, “It is a very big deal because it’s a goal that we set, one of our goals and for us to achieve it, it always feels good. I couldn’t be more proud of our club and our players, our staff, everything that went into getting us where we are. We’ve played consistent all year long. We’ve asked them to understand that steady wins the race, we don’t ride a roller coaster, and that’s exactly what they’ve done.”
Southern Miss also shared the crown with Rice in both 2011 and 2013. USM’s winning streak is now up to ten games.

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A native of Pass Christian and a St. Stanislaus alum, Jeff Haeger comes to News 25 from right in our backyard. He most recently spent more than three years working as the sports reporter for WHLT-TV in Hattiesburg, where he provided extensive coverage of his alma mater, The University of Southern Mississippi. At Southern Miss, Jeff was a member of the Honors College and graduated with a B.A. degree in Broadcast Journalism with a minor in Spanish. He also wrote for USM's award-winning school newspaper, The Student Printz, where he won first place for Best Sports Story in 2013. Jeff loves to travel, and is excited to get back on the water to reunite with his family. In his spare time you can find Jeff spending time with his friends, and maybe even winning a fantasy football league. For sports stories contact Jeff at jhaeger@wxxv25.com.

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