HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Having lost 13 seniors from last season's Conference USA championship team, Southern Miss baseball coach Scott Berry was concerned about who might lead the Golden Eagles in 2017 when adversity strikes.
Berry singled out senior Dylan Burdeaux.
Burdeaux has been stellar all season for No. 16 Southern Miss. The first baseman currently rides the team's longest hitting streak at 14 games. During that stretch, Burdeaux has batted .456 with eight doubles, two home runs and 14 runs-batted-in. In addition, he's notched at least two hits in 12 of USM's last 14 games.
Burdeaux certainly performs on the field, but coach Berry said how the senior acts in the dugout makes an even bigger difference for Southern Miss.
"[Burdeaux]'s age number one, he's four years in this league," Berry said. "He has had opportunity to learn and it shows that he has learned and moved it forward into his game to where it's shown up on a consistent basis. But more importantly, I think his presence of leadership on the field and in the clubhouse. That voice in the clubhouse of getting guys committed to winning the next one certainly falls in his hands as well as [junior pitcher] Kirk McCarty. I put a lot of faith in those guys and their leadership from the players' side."
The Golden Eagles (28-9, 12-3 C-USA) face Nicholls State on Tuesday at 7:05 p.m. at MGM Park in Biloxi.