Star power carries USM baseball into 2018

What makes the Southern Miss baseball team so dangerous is the roster depth and what makes the Southern Miss baseball team even more dangerous are the players protected by that depth.
Last week, sophomore slugger Matt Wallner was named pre-season player of the year for Conference USA while junior hurler Nick Sandlin was tabbed as the like for pitching.
The Golden Eagles enter 2018 with a potent line up and a strong bullpen with plenty of options.
When push comes to shove, the big dogs say they have no problem carrying the load for the Omaha hungry Black and Gold. “Big time, I mean I take a lot of pride in that. I take a lot of pride in whatever role I’m put in, so you said six or seven outs or something, you never know what it’s going to be when you come into the game. You don’t know it could be one out at the end of the game or you could be getting a couple guys out in the sixth inning, it doesn’t matter. I just try to make myself ready for whatever role that coaches put me in,” said Sandlin.
Wallner said, “I’ve done it before, and it’s not going to be easy. I’ll obviously get pitched differently and pitched around, but I think we have the lineup to help me and help us as a whole. It’s tough to pitch around us one through nine, really, and just one through nine we’re going to bang it around out there.”
First up for Southern Miss is the February 16th rematch versus Mississippi State, leading off a three-game series at 4 p.m. from Pete Taylor Park.

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