When the NCAA granted eligibility relief to spring sport athletes, it left players like Southern Miss second baseman Matthew Guidry with a lot to think about. Because even though life may be kind enough to give us a second chance, we don’t necessarily have to take it.
Guidry still finding a way to go out on his terms, officially calling it the end of an era earlier today. Hard not to wonder what could have been, leaving USM on a school record 72 game on-base streak with a career batting average of .321 to go along with 17 home runs and 119 RBI.
Voted team captain not once, but twice, Guidry was never afraid of the moment and was always sure to bring the positive vides.
The Golden Eagles played in every Conference USA Tournament championship game since his arrival to the program in 2016, winning the last two and three out of four.
Obviously not the 2020 senior send-off he would have hoped for, but Guidry eventually got his due on the national level as part of the senior night segment on ESPN’s SportsCenter with Scott Van Pelt.
Here’s part of his Twitter statement: “Southern Miss, thank you for the years that I have spent growing and learning not only baseball, but life. The positive impact that USM made on my life cannot be explained. I have been given the opportunity to play alongside some of the best players and friends. I have received great advice from an unbelievable coaching staff and without them, I have no idea where my career could have ended up. Being voted team captain twice is my greatest accomplishment and is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”