Looking ahead: Southern Miss for 2009

Southern Miss incoming freshman B.A. VollmuthBiloxi’s B.A. Vollmuth figures to play a key role in Southern Miss’ bid to make a seventh consecutive appearance in an NCAA baseball regional next season.

The Golden Eagles finished 42-22 in 2008. They lost plenty of firepower in first baseman Trey Sutton, outfielder Drew Carson and third baseman Chris Matesich. Relief pitcher Tyler Conn, the nation’s leader in saves, also has moved on.

But the Golden Eagles have signed some promising players in their recruiting class, including Vollmuth, outfielder Kameron Brunty and pitchers Cody Schlagel, Kyle Lindsey and Chad Poe. First baseman Joey Archer and catcher Travis Graves also appear bound for Southern Miss after passing on the recent Major League Draft.

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