The Southern Miss baseball team is picked to finish fourth in Conference USA by the league's coaches, C-USA announced Wednesday morning.
Junior outfielder Mason Robbins, a Leakesville native, is the lone Golden Eagle to be chosen for the preseason all-conference team. Robbins hit .317 last year with two home runs and 40 RBIs last season to be named second-team all-conference.
Rice dominated the league's preseason vote, taking 12 of the 13 first-place selections.
East Carolina pitcher/designated hitter Drew Reynolds and FIU catcher Aramis Garcia shared the preseason C-USA Player of the Year honors.
Rice pitcher Zech Lemond was named the preseason Pitcher of the Year. 2014 PRESEASON BASEBALL AWARDS
(as selected by C-USAs head coaches) PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH
1. Rice (12)
2. Florida Atlantic
3. East Carolina
4. Southern Miss
5. Tulane (1)
9. Middle Tennessee
10. Old Dominion
13. Louisiana Tech (first place votes in parentheses) CO-PLAYERS OF THE YEAR
Drew Reynolds, East Carolina (Senior, DH/RHP)
Aramis Garcia, FIU (Junior, Catcher) PITCHER OF THE YEAR
Zech Lemond, Rice (Junior, Right-hander) ALL-CONFERENCE TEAM
P Austin Gomber Jr. Florida Atlantic
P Jeff Hoffman Jr. East Carolina
P Jordan Stephens Jr. Rice
RP Zech Lemond Jr. Rice
C Aramis Garcia Jr. FIU
IF Brad Elwood Jr. Charlotte
IF Shane Hoelscher Sr. Rice
IF R.J. Perucki Sr. UTSA
IF Edwin Rios So. FIU
OF Mike Aquino Sr. Rice
OF Josh Eldridge Jr. Old Dominion
OF Ryan Stephens Sr. Middle Tennessee
OF Mason Robbins Jr. Southern Miss
DH/UT Drew Reynolds Sr. East Carolina