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The Southern Miss baseball team garnered a No. 29 spot in the Collegiate Baseball preseason Fabulous 50 rankings, which was released Monday morning.

The Golden Eagles finished a shortened 2020 season with a 12-4 record and were on pace to enjoy their fifth-straight 40-plus win campaign before the season was halted due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

Scott Berry, who leads the Golden Eagles for the 12th season in 2021, returns eight position-player starters and 15 pitchers heading into the spring season.

The program looks to go back to the NCAA Tournament for its 17th time in school history. Southern Miss reached regional play in 2019 with a trip to Baton Rouge, where they made it to the final two teams. It was the fourth-straight postseason showing for the school which has also won two of the last three C-USA regular season championships and three of the last four league championship tournaments.

Southern Miss is the only C-USA team to make the Fabulous 50 ranking.

The Collegiate Baseball newspaper poll is the oldest college baseball poll. Its birth took place during the 1959 college baseball season.

Collegiate Baseball 2021 Preseason Baseball Poll

Rank Team (2020 Final Record) Points

1. Florida (16-1) 498

2. Vanderbilt (13-5) 493

3. UCLA (13-2) 491

4. Texas Tech (16-3) 488

5. Mississippi (16-1) 484

6. Miami, Fla. (12-4) 482

7. LSU (12-5) 480

8. UC Santa Barbara (13-2) 477

9. Mississippi State (12-4) 474

10. Arizona (10-5) 473

11. Louisville (13-4) 470

12. Georgia (14-4) 469

13. NC State (14-3) 465

14. Virginia (14-4) 462

15. Arizona State (13-4) 461

16. East Carolina (13-4) 457

17. Oklahoma State (13-5) 454

18. Michigan (8-7) 453

19. TCU (11-4) 451

20. Texas (14-3) 449

21. South Carolina (12-4) 447

22. Arkansas (11-5) 445

23. Coastal Carolina (11-5) 442

24. Dallas Baptist (12-4) 438

25. Clemson (14-3) 436

26. Texas A&M (15-3) 435

27. Alabama (16-1) 431

28. Florida State (12-5) 430

29. Southern Miss (12-4) 427

30. Texas State (14-4) 426

31. Stetson (11-4) 423

32. UCF (15-3) 421

33. Pepperdine (12-3) 418

34. Georgia Tech (11-5) 416

35. Tennessee (15-2) 413

36. Duke (12-4) 409

37. Auburn (13-5) 405

38. Central Michigan (11-6) 402

39. Indiana (9-6) 399

40. Winthrop (11-4) 396

41. Oklahoma (14-4) 394

42. UC Irvine (8-7) 392

43. Tulane (15-2) 389

44. Long Beach State (10-5) 385

45. Wichita State (13-2) 382

46. Minnesota (8-10) 377

47. Notre Dame (11-2) 373

48. Houston (6-9) 370

49. Oregon State (5-9) 368

50. Stanford (5-11) 365

Other Teams Receiving Votes: Kentucky (11-6), Southern California (10-5), North Carolina (12-7), Samford (13-2), Mercer (13-3), Belmont (14-3), San Diego St. (10-6), Fresno St. (9-7), New Mexico (14-4), Connecticut (8-5), Creighton (5-10), Stony Brook (6-9), West Virginia (11-5), Kansas St. (10-7), Washington (9-6), California (5-11), Oregon (8-7), Washington St. (9-7), Baylor (10-6), San Diego (12-4), Cal. St. Fullerton (4-12), U.C. San Diego (17-4), Cal. Poly (5-11), College of Charleston (12-2), Louisiana Tech. (11-6), Florida Atlantic (10-6), Texas-Arlington (12-4), Missouri (11-5), N.C. Greensboro (12-5), East Tennessee St. (12-3), Wofford (14-3), The Citadel (10-6), South Alabama (8-10), Grand Canyon (9-9), New Mexico St. (12-4), Georgia Southern (11-5), Louisiana-Lafayette (8-9), Appalachian St. (11-6), Louisiana-Monroe (12-5), Brigham Young (7-9), Troy (9-8), Sam Houston St. (7-7), McNeese St. (10-7), Northwestern St. (12-4), Kent St. (7-7), Ball St. (7-9), Western Michigan (9-6), Miami, OH (8-7), Yale (3-7), Wright St. (6-9), N.C. Wilmington (11-5), Illinois (8-5), Iowa (10-5), Ohio St. (6-8), Maryland (10-5), Nebraska (7-8), Campbell (7-9), S.C. Upstate (13-5), Liberty (10-7), Gonzaga (6-10), Loyola Marymount (8-8), Portland (12-4), Santa Clara (12-5), Virginia Commonwealth (9-8), Davidson (13-3), Cal. St. Northridge (10-5), Hawaii (11-6), Seton Hall (6-8), Illinois St. (7-9), Missouri St. (9-8), Rhode Island (8-5), Navy (14-1), Army (6-9).

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