HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - The Southern Miss baseball program garnered a No. 13 ranking for its 2012 recruiting class by Collegiate Baseball, released Tuesday by the publication.
The Golden Eagles, which finished 39-19 a year ago and earned their ninth-straight NCAA Tournament appearance, signed 16 players for the upcoming campaign including 11 freshman and five junior college players.
"It is a reflection of our program and certainly on our assistant coaches, recruiting coordinator Chad Caillet and Michael Federico, who spend a lot of time and effort in trying to attract the players that best fit our program all the way around," said third-year baseball coach Scott Berry.
Berry emphasized that this was the future of Southern Miss baseball with the amount of freshmen that were signed as the Golden Eagles look to replace five position player starters along with three starting pitchers and a closer.
This is the highest ranking under Berry, whose classes including a No. 21 ranking for the 2010 class and an honorable mention nod last season.
The Golden Eagles are the highest mentioned school of the Top 40 schools lauded, as four league teams earned mention including UCF (No. 24), Rice (No. 28) and East Carolina (Tied for No. 40.).
Southern Miss currently is going through fall drills and will play a pair of fall games, including an Oct. 23 contest against William Carey and the annual Black and Gold contest, Oct. 30. Game times will be announced at a later date.