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Southern Miss baseball ready to prove doubters wrong

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The 2014 Golden Eagles baseball team is focused on the future. With an up and down 2013 season behind them which included a trip to the Conference USA championship game, this team is looking to outfielder Mason Robbins and pitcher Connor Fisk to lead them to victory.

"Going into the summer [head coach Scott Berry] wanted me to be more of a leader on and off the field and I've been trying to work hard on that," Robbins said at the team's media day.

"I think he defines what Southern Miss baseball is about," said head Scott Berry.

"He's hard nosed. He's a blue collar player and those are the kind of players that I want on the field for us."

"He just wants me to be the horse this year. Eat up a lot of innings," said Fisk.

"Go out there and give our team a chance to win every night."

The arrival of new players including junior college transfers Christian Talley and Matt Durst signal that the Black and Gold will rely on new faces to step up.

"He texted me after I told him I was coming here to play and he said 'now let's get out there and win some games'," Tally said.

"I told him let's go out there an win a College World Series. That's what we really believe we can do and I think we can do that with the team we have."

New catcher Matt Durst is frank about what is expected of him.

"Everybody knows that you have to show up to the field everyday. Take care of the same business. Every other team in the county is doing the same thing."

The Golden Eagles are picked to finish 4th in the C-USA, something that junior Bradley Roney says the team plans to use as motivation to prove doubters wrong.

"We were picked to finish 6th in our conference last year when we tied with Rice. I don't think we have the respect that we deserve, but you know that's fine.

"They can pick us to finish last. We expect to win a conference championship."