Southern Miss preps for Florida

Published 12:00 am Thursday, June 4, 2009

From staff and AP reports

HATTIESBURG — The Golden Eagles will be still be without a senior star, while a up-and-coming star received a rare honor. Southern Miss baseball coach Corky Palmer says he does not plan to have senior shortstop Brian Dozier available for this weekend’s NCAA Super Regional at Gainesville, Fla.


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super regional

TV: ESPNU (Saturday)

ESPN2 (Sunday)

Saturday’s Game: Southern

Miss vs. Florida, 2 p.m.

Sunday’s Game: 6 p.m.

Monday’s Game: Noon or

6 p.m. (if necessary)

Freshman outfielder Kameron Brunty becomes the 11th Golden Eagle player in the last eight seasons to earn Louisville Slugger Freshmen All-America honors as chosen by Collegiate Baseball.

Dozier was hopeful early last week that he would be able to return should the Eagles win their way past the Atlanta regional. But despite being released by team physician Dr. Lance Line Wednesday morning, Palmer was skeptical of any probability of Dozier playing. Dozier suffered a broken collarbone on April 14.

Brunty joins current Golden Eagles Todd McInnis (2008), Brian Dozier (2006), Michael Ewing (2006) and James Ewing (2006 at Arkansas) in the freshman All-America fraternity.

Brunty has been a staple in the Southern Miss outfield this season. He started 58 games and led the Golden Eagles with 75 hits with a .347 average. He has blasted seven home runs with four triples and nine doubles for a .523 slugging percentage.

Defensively he has recorded six assists from his corner outfield spot, which leads all Golden Eagle outfielders this year.

A native of Pensacola, Brunty will return to his home state to play in the school’s first NCAA Super Regional starting Saturday