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4 Southern Miss players earn all-region honors following postseason run

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Four Southern Miss baseball players have been awarded postseason honors after the conclusion of the Golden Eagles’ run in the NCAA Tournament.

USM pitchers Tanner Hall and Justin Storm registered first-team all-region honors while shortstop Dustin Dickerson and designated hitter Slade Wilks earned second-team nods by the American Baseball Coaches Association/Rawlings Tuesday.

Hall, the school’s first player to earn first-team All-American honors in consecutive seasons, posted a 12-4 record with a 2.48 ERA in 2023, retiring 124 batters and walking 33 in 112.1 innings of work. The junior right-hander’s season win total ranks second in school history, while his 22 career victories rank tied for seventh in school history. He also holds a third-place tie in career strikeouts with 302 at Southern Miss.

Storm, a junior left-handed relief pitcher, appeared in a team-high 29 games and posted a 7-2 record with eight saves. He boasted a 2.36 ERA, fanning 72 batters and walking just 17 in 45.2 innings while opponents hit just .159 average against him. Storm amassed a 1.05 WHIP during the 2023 season.

As for Dickerson, the junior led the team in batting with a .328 average to go along with 21 doubles, three triples, 11 home runs, and 52 RBI. Seven of his homers came in the postseason as he hit five in the NCAA Tournament, which helped him be named the Most Outstanding Player for the Auburn Regional.

Wilks finished the year with a .289 batting average with 12 doubles, two triples, 20 home runs, and a team-best 58 RBI. The junior’s home run total is tied for 10th on the school’s single-season chart.

The Golden Eagles ended the Scott Berry era Monday night, falling in game three of the Hattiesburg Super Regional to Tennessee.

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