Southern Miss clinched the Conference USA championship and the No. 1 seed in next week’s C-USA tournament with a come-from-behind 9-4 win at Middle Tennessee State in Murfreesboro on Thursday. 

It’s the Golden Eagles’ fourth outright regular-season league title in program history and their third in the last five seasons. They’ve also been league co-champs twice.

No. 17 Southern Miss (39-14, 21-7 C-USA) is leaving Conference USA for the Sun Belt after this season. 

Winning the regular-season crown flew under the radar for Southern Miss coach Scott Berry. 

“I didn’t know we had won the regular-season championship when I met with (the team) or else I would’ve congratulated them,” Berry said during his postgame radio interview. “(But) we’ve got a bigger goal and we’ve got to keep our sights on it.”

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