Southern Miss Baseball Preview: Opening Day just three weeks away

In 2021, Southern Miss baseball found success despite being labeled a young squad, making it all the way to the NCAA Oxford Regional final game, ultimately falling to Ole Miss.

Ahead of the 2022 season, it’s the loss of that young talent that may make the Golden Eagles even more of an unknown than last year.

USM is just three weeks out from their opening weekend series against North Alabama on February 18th.

While the Eagles return eight starters, they’ll be without outfielder Reed Trimble, who was drafted 65th overall by the Orioles.

Trimble was a staple in the Eagles’ offense with a 3.45 batting average, 17 homers, and 72 RBIs, trying the freshman for most in all of division I last season.

With a sixth straight 40-win season on the line, Head Coach Scott Berry will have to find someone to fill Trimble’s spot in the line up and try to match his production. “Does it create a void? It sure does. And those are some pretty big shoes to fill. I don’t know if you’ll fill those numbers. Certainly, we have to fill the two hole. Gotta have somebody in there that’s a constant threat– to be able to do the things that we want in that two hole. I really like Dustin Dickerson. He’s really developed and he continued to improve his game offensively. Certainly, we have a lot of work ahead of us offensively. That’s why I’m anxious to get in these inter-squads and see how our guys compete against our arms and our arms compete against our hitters. Hopefully we’ll continue to make each other better.”

The Golden Eagles’ non-conference schedule features multiple SEC match ups including the reigning national champions Mississippi State the first week of March, Alabama, and Ole Miss.

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