Southern Miss' Koelling wins Ferriss Trophy

JACKSON (AP) - Southern Miss outfielder Tyler Koelling won the Cellular South Ferriss Trophy after helping the Golden Eagles win a share of the Conference USA regular-season title.

Koelling leads USM with a .367 batting average and 18 doubles. The 6-foot-0, 190-pound senior from Luling, La., also has four homers, 46 RBIs and has struck out only nine times in 229 at-bats.

The other finalists were USM infielder B.A. Vollmuth and Mississippi State infielder Jarrod Parks. Vollmuth hit 12 homers this season while Parks leads the Southeastern Conference with a .385 batting average.

The Ferriss Trophy is given to the state's top college baseball player. It's voted on by a 25-member panel that includes college coaches, major league scouts and a media member.

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