Sixty days to Conference USA Tournament

The Southern Miss baseball team appeared to be in a bad way earlier this month, having lost five out of its first nine games.

Now, the Golden Eagles have won 12 out of their last 13, riding an eight game winning streak right into the 60 day countdown to the Conference USA Tournament.

Today, Overtime Sports held a press conference at the Biloxi Visitor’s Center, announcing the First Bank as the title sponsor for the 2019 baseball championship set to be held at MGM Park for the third year in a row.

Tournament officials are keen on making sure C-USA keeps doing its business on the Gulf Coast and economic impact has a lot to do with that decision.

That’s where the Black and Gold come into play as the reigning tournament champions, picking up right where they left off a year ago. Overtime Sports Owner Tim Bennett said, “It’s good to have a competitive field because you look at Florida Atlantic and USM who were the two final teams last year, and right now they’re looking much the same. Florida Atlantic is just behind Southern Miss as far as conference play is concerned. One is 6-0, one is 5-1. They’ve both got exciting hitting, exciting pitching, that’s the basis for baseball is hitting and pitching and a little bit of catching in between and so yeah, it’s nice to see those two. But again, this is kind of the cherry on top of the pie. The Shuckers are the foundation. We like to consider ourselves the house dressing. We are what makes it all work.”

Overall, USM has won the tournament title two out of the past three years. Things will get rolling on May 22nd and run through the 26th.

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