Left for dead and consider a long shot for the NCAA baseball tournament field, the Southern Miss baseball Golden Eagles were at a crossroads. Corky Palmer had announced his retirement and a short lived coaching search had already netted a successor. With the Eagles now among college baseball's elite eight, Scott Berry has no objection to Corky Palmer holding the lineup card just a little longer.

Southern Miss plays in a baseball conference and the Eagles are making a claim as the top school in Conference USA with their late season run with the heavyweights in college baseball.

There will be no trophies sent to Hattiesburg from the league office, but make no mistake this Eagles are making it happen when it matters most.

With Conference USA sister schools East Carolina and Rice both bowing out of the NCAA field this weekend, the Southern Miss Golden Eagles are going where no Black and Gold team has gone Omaha.

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