Southern Miss

USM baseball picked fourth in C-USA

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-USA’s head coaches) PREDICTED ORDER OF FINISH

1. Rice (12)

2. Florida Atlantic

3. East Carolina

4. Southern Miss

5. Tulane (1)

6. FIU


8. Charlotte

9. Middle Tennessee

10. Old Dominion

11. UAB

12. Marshall

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