Southern Miss catcher Brian Davis entered the transfer portal after one season with the baseball program.
In eight appearances and seven starts, the junior college transfer held a .95 batting average and .310 on-base percentage.
Davis is the second member of the Southern Miss baseball program to enter the portal after Austen Izzio transferred earlier in the spring.
The Southern Miss softball team is also seeing a departure from its program. Freshman pitcher Savannah Wood entered the transfer portal. In 32.1 innings pitched, Wood held a 3.25 earned run average, struck out 33 batters and walked 14 batters.
Notably, all three of Southern Miss’ softball seniors will not be returning for the 2021 season despite having an extra year of eligibility.
Southern Miss will lose utility player, Beth Taylor who appeared in 36 games during her career. The Golden Eagles will also lose starting shortstop Lacey Sumerlin. Sumerlin, who was a transfer from Georgia, led the 2020 team with a .421 batting average, had 17 RBI, 10 doubles and two home runs.
Pitcher Bailie Springfield will also not be returning. Springfield held a 2.67 ERA and a 3-1 record in the circle.
However, the softball team has been able to gain a pair of notable transfers from the portal.
Southern Miss gained Arizona State transfer Morgan Leinstock and Indiana outfielder Columbia Holeman.
Leinstock, a 6-foot-2 freshman right-handed pitcher, made one appearance against Maryland in which she allowed two runs off our hits and two walks while recording three strikeouts. The Arizona native ranked as the No. 25 recruit in the state and, in her high school career, recorded 523 strikeouts and recorded a 1.51 ERA.
Holeman, a Jackson Academy graduate, played in 15 games in which she scored seven times and recorded seven stolen bases as a pinch-runner. In high school, Holeman batted .431 and recorded a .675 on-base percentage. Holeman owns the career records in home runs and stolen bases at Jackson Academy and was notably the MAIS Overall Girls’ 100m dash champion.