July 3, 2007
Southern Miss Head Baseball Coach Corky Palmer has announced the signing of Josh Fields, a 5-11, 185-pound third baseman/right-hand pitcher from Arkansas - Ft. Smith Junior College in Ft. Smith, Ark., , to a letter of intent and grant in aid for the 2007-08 academic year.
"I'm glad that Josh has signed with Southern Miss and will be joining our program," Palmer said. "He is an excellent hitter, who can hit for average and for power from the right side. He covers a lot of territory at third base, has a good arm and doesn't make mistakes. He comes from a good program, and has a chance to see playing time right away."
This marks the seventh signee of the spring signing period and 11th signee overall for the program.
As a sophomore this past year, Fields played in 61 games and hit .364 with 18 doubles, three triples, 13 home runs and had 64 RBIs. The Springdale, Ark., native finished with a .650 slugging percentage and hit .395 with runners in scoring position. On the mound, he made 17 appearances and finished with six saves and had 15 strikeouts in 14.2 innings pitched. He finished with a .970 fielding percentage, making only five errors in 164 chances this past season.
He helped Arkansas - Ft. Smith to a 42-21 overall record, win the NJCAA Region II Championship and advance to the South Central District Tournament before their season ended.
Southern Miss already has signed Josh Billeaud (RHP, 6-4, 210, LSU-Eunice CC, Eunice, La.), Daniel Covert (OF, 6-0, 175, Meridian HS, Meridian HS), Patrick Daugherty (LHP, 6-6, 185, West Lauderdale, Miss. (West Lauderdale HS); Anthony Doss (OF, 6-1, 180, Northwest Rankin HS, Brandon, Miss.), Seth Hester (1B/RHP, 6-3, 205, Stringer High School in Stringer, Miss.), Brian Leach (RHP, 6-4, 190, NW Mississippi CC, Senatobia, Miss.), Kyle Maxie (C, 6-1, 210, North Forrest HS, Laurel, Miss. (Florida State); Corey Stevens (OF, 5-10, 170, Hinds CC, Utica, Miss.), Matt Warren (RHP, 6-5, 190, Petal HS, Petal, Miss.) and Wade Weathers (LHP, 6-1, 195, Meridian CC, in Meridian, Miss.). Southern Miss finished the 2007 season with an overall record of 39-23 and 14-10 in Conference USA, finishing in third place. The Golden Eagles have won at least 39 games a year for the fifth-straight year and have made an appearance in the NCAA Regional Tournament for the fifth-straight year as well, and made eight tournament appearances overall. That streak of consecutive NCAA Tournament appearances is the 12th-longest in the nation.