HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) _ University of Southern Mississippi baseball coach Scott Berry announced Friday the additions of two more players for the 2020 season, including Alabama’s Class 5A hitter of the year and a second West Lauderdale alumnus.
Jake Holifield of Semmes, Ala., earned AL.com Super All-State and All-Region team for St. Paul’s High School. The 6-foot-1, 210-pound infielder hit .557 with 25 doubles and 67 RBI and struck out just six times in 104 at-bats. He was named the Class 5A Hitter of the Year. during his junior campaign for Coach Andy Robbins.
Tyler Lantz of Collinsville played his freshman campaign last season at Meridian Community College. The 6-foot, 180-pound right-hander pitcher posted a 2-2 record with two saves in 25 innings of work with a 2.88 ERA. Lantz played his prep baseball at West Lauderdale High School.
The Golden Eagles have now added 13 players for the 2020 campaign including right-handed pitcher/infielder Michael Brewer (Hillsboro, Mo.), catcher/outfielder Cody Milligan (Binger, Kan.), infielder Brady Faust (New Orleans), outfielder Billy Garrity (Hattiesburg), infielder Dustin Dickerson (Laurel), left-handed pitcher Chandler Best (Mobile, Ala.), along with right-handed pitchers Matt Adams (Pearland, Texas), Dallas Dyar (Raymond), Ben Ethridge (Collinsville), Isaiah Rhodes (McKinney, Texas) and Blake Wehunt (Carnesville, Ga.).
USM opens the 2019 season on Feb. 15 at Pete Taylor Park when it plays host to Purdue University in the first game of a three-game series.