Matt Wallner, USM

Southern Miss slugger Matt Wallner (USM Athletics)

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USM’s Wallner Larger Than Life

HATTIESBURG, Miss. – Southern fans love their larger-than-life heroes. On cue, here comes this strapping young man from some far-away locale that proceeds to do all of these superhuman feats. Part Paul Bunyan, part Brett Favre, Matt Wallner has captured the attention and perhaps more importantly the imagination of the Southern Mississippi diamond enthusiasts.

“He took a one-handed swing and propelled the ball off the Corner Market sign on the left-center field wall,” said one observer.

“In an early fall scrimmage, he hit a ball over the right field wall 340 sign, past the pines and about halfway up that fence over[…]

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