This is a press release from Southern Miss athletics.
Southern Miss sophomore third baseman Taylor Braley (Hattiesburg, Miss.) collected the team’s first individual accolade of the 2016 season, Monday, by being named one of the Louisville Slugger National Players of the Week by the publication Collegiate Baseball.
Braley helped the Golden Eagles to a three-game sweep of Eastern Illinois by hitting a home run in each of his first three games, tying his season total of a year ago. Southern Miss outscored the Panthers 30-6 in the set.
For the weekend, Braley batted .444 with three homers, six RBI, five runs and a 1.444 slugging percentage. The Oak Grove High School product walked four times in the Saturday game, marking the first time a Southern Miss player has achieved that feat since the 2009 season.
Braley’s three-straight homer games marked the first time that has happened at the school since Tim Lynch did it at UTSA last season (Apr. 24-26).
The Golden Eagles continue their eight-game, season-opening homestand Tuesday when they entertain ULM in a 6 p.m., contest at Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field.