All good things come to an end.
At 2:24 p.m. last Friday, Matthew Guidry hit send on a tweet that Southern Miss fans had held their breath for the past few weeks.
It was official. Guidry decided to hang up his cleats.
“Southern Miss, thank you for the years that I have spent growing and learning not only baseball but life. The positive impact that USM made on my life cannot be explained. I have been given the opportunity to play alongside some of the best players and friends. I have received great advice from an unbelievable coaching staff and without them, I have no idea where my career could have ended up. Being voted team captain twice is my greatest accomplishment and is something that will stay with me for the rest of my life.”
Guidry leaves USM with a career batting average of .321, 17 home runs, and 119 total RBIs. He also found his way in the record books with a school-record 72 game on-base streak before the 2020 season came to an end.
His most memorable moment in a Southern Miss uniform in the eyes of many will likely be the grand slam vs. LSU in the seventh inning during the Baton Rouge Regional to tie things up 4-4, keeping their College World Series hopes alive. The talented second baseman whacked a curveball that fell hard inside, dropping to one knee while sending it flying towards right field. As he rounded the bases, chants of “USM” started taking over the stadium.
Or maybe it was his home run and four RBI performance against Arizona State in the Golden Eagles comeback victory.
Without a doubt, there are many memories from the Oak Grove native that will stir the hearts and minds of Southern Miss faithful.
Guidry ended his tweet with, “Southern Miss baseball will always hold a special place in my heart.”
That feeling is mutual, Guidry. Southern Miss fans will hold a special place in their hearts for you.