Southern Miss baseball lands commitment from Alabama transfer Graham Crawford

David Eckert
Hattiesburg American

HATTIESBURG — Southern Miss baseball landed a commitment from Alabama transfer Graham Crawford on Monday. 

Crawford, a catcher, spent two seasons locally at Pearl River Community College before playing for the Crimson Tide in 2022. 

The Hattiesburg native attended high school at Sumrall, and is listed as a switch hitter. Crawford appeared in seven games for Alabama last season and took only four at-bats. 

Before that, he hit .323 with 15 home runs in 2021 at Pearl River. That season, he produced an on-base percentage of .485 and a .724 slugging percentage. 

He'll fill an important need for the Golden Eagles, who lacked options at the catching position this season. 

When Blake Johnson was injured early in the year, only Rodrigo Montenegro remained for coach Scott Berry to play. 

"Literally, I'm praying every morning that he would stay healthy because we literally had no backup," Berry said Sunday.

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