Staying on the diamond top priority for Southern Miss in 2021
Today, Major League Baseball announced its health and safety protocols for the upcoming season as it pertains to COVID-19. How are college baseball programs like Southern Miss going to handle the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic?
Coming off a 2020 season that last just 16 games in Hattiesburg, there’s not a program in the country that’s ready to leave anything to chance in 2021 especially USM after having 23 of their 39 players on the roster test positive during the summer and the fall including 14 in one day.
One of the biggest changes to the year ahead, four game series in Conference USA and the Golden Eagles will presumably implement plenty of their own safeguards to make sure they finish what they start. Head Coach Scott Berry said, “We certainly don’t want two catchers sitting together, and then all of a sudden, both of them become contact traced and now we lose them for 10 days or 14 days, whatever it is, so we have to spread them out. Those are things that we’ve never had to really worry about before, and we’re really going to have to pay attention to rooming when we’re on the road, not rooming two starters together because once again, we could get wiped out two positions and if that’s two starting pitchers on the weekend, you very well could lose those guys for two weeks. So, there’s going to be more to this game than just winning on the field. It’s going to be really paying attention and doing things off the field to keep us all on it.”
The Black and Gold open the 2021 campaign on February 19th with a three-game series against Northwestern State.