Press Release from Southern Miss Athletics
Southern Miss sophomore right-handed pitcher Nick Sandlin (second team) and senior first baseman Dylan Burdeaux (third team) garnered All-American honors by Collegiate Baseball Thursday in a release by the publication.
Sandin, from Evans, Ga., registered a 10-1 record with seven saves and a 2.16 earned run average for the Golden Eagles this season. Sandlin fanned 72 and walked just 25 in 50 innings of work as he appeared in 26 games. He and teammate Kirk McCarty share the top spot in Conference USA for wins.
Sandlin last season earned multiple Freshman All-American honors as well, and last month was named to the Conference USA All-Academic Team for his 4.0 GPA while majoring in construction engineering technology. His 19 career saves already place him sixth and 11 behind the all-time record holder. He has allowed one home run in 91 2/3 innings.
Burdeaux, who hails from West Monroe, La., enters regional play with the national lead in hits (100). He has served as the leadoff hitter for every game this season and has a team-best 62 RBI. His 24 doubles also tie for sixth on the school’s single-season list, while his 20 stolen bases (in just 22 attempts) rank as the most in Conference USA.
Burdeaux has hit .314 for his career with 29 homers and 161 RBI. He has had increases each of his four years on campus in runs scored, hits, RBI, total bases and slugging percentage. Burdeaux is only the seventh Golden Eagle to reach the 100-hit plateau in a season and was the first in program history to be named Conference USA Player of the Year.
The Golden Eagles, the top seed in the Hattiesburg Regional, begins its postseason run Friday at 1 p.m. against UIC inside Pete Taylor Park/Hill Denson Field. All games for the weekend will be televised on ESPN3.
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