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Southern Miss Baseball Team Kicks Off Fall Practice

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The end of summer marks the return of Southern Miss baseball.

"Been doing a lot of individual work up to this point, but it's always exciting to start team fall practice," says Southern Miss head baseball coach Scott Berry.

Today marks day one of the team's fall session, a six-week period that runs through the first week of November.

"When this day starts we all come together as a team, and it's much like what Major League [Baseball] does in its spring training," says Berry.

But Major League ball clubs wrap up their seasons on Sunday.

The Golden Eagles have not played a game since May, and the season is still more than three months away.

"Doesn't start until February, but this is a very important part of our preparation - getting everything put in as a team and how we want our program to perform once it comes spring," says Berry.

Berry says fall practice also gives him a chance to evaluate new talent.

"I'm looking for guys who are aggressive, I'm looking for guys that compete, and learn and understand the game," says Berry.

With a new crop of players, Berry looks for this year's squad to improve on last year's 30-27 record.

The Golden Eagles went on to miss regional play for the second year in a row last season, after reaching the NCAA Tournament for nine consecutive years.

Berry says the road back to regional play starts now.

"Every year brings about new challenges and this one is no different - from our schedule, to the new guys on the field, to our older guys and how they have to step up and become part of this program and get us back on a path to Omaha," says Berry.

The Golden Eagles return to the Pete for their second practice at 2:30 tomorrow afternoon.

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