Southern Miss Opening Day moved to Saturday
After losing the final 39 games of the 2020 Southern Miss baseball season due to COVID-19, what’s waiting just one more day for Opening Day of the 2021 campaign.
Originally slated for 4 p.m. Friday, first pitch against Northwestern State is now set for noon Saturday as a part of a nine-inning twin bill.
The Demons are having trouble getting to Hattiesburg due to icy weather conditions and that’s not the only change to the first weekend back at the Pete.
The Golden Eagles are going with a pitching rotation of Hunter Stanley, Chandler Best, and Drew Boyd in place of Walker Powell facing a one-week suspension to start the season and Gabe Shepard still working his way back from a shoulder injury. Southern Miss Head Coach Scott Berry said, “We’re on the early stages of that in actual live action with him, and that’s why the other day he just threw an inning and, in all honesty, I think he’s only thrown two innings and he threw an inning prior to that, so just taking it slow with him, and yeah, I would like – it would be great – to have him back on the mound as a starter by conference, but we’ll just have to see how time goes and how he responds to it.”
For the time being, Coach Berry says Shepard will be working out of the bullpen.