We’re on Conor Gillaspie Weather Watch at Eck Stadium. The tarp is on. The teams will hit inside. TVs are locked to the weather channels.
Improbable as it may be, weather could affect a weekend series.
After extensive research, I’m pegging Jeremy Troutman as the most recent Shocker, whose primary role was to pitch, to hit a home run. It’s a tough category to peg in college because so many players do the two-way thing. Troutman, in 1998, started seven games, mostly as the DH, and played in 25. He hit .375 wtih 1 one homer. He could hit. He played a larger role, at least in pitching coach Brent Kemnitz’ s mind, as a reliever. He had a 2.81 ERA in 32 innings. Looking at the box scores, he was used almost exclusively as a pitcher late in the 1998 season.
Chance Sossamon brought this topic up with his homer last night. He has mostly been a reliever this season. He started the past two games at third and will probably see a lot of time there the rest of the season. He considers himself a two-way player.
I’m disqualifying Noah Krol, who did both in 2006. He started 50 games, mostly at shortstop, and threw 21.1 innings in relief. He hit two homers. It wasn’t until 2007 that Krol moved practically full-time to the bullpen. Damon Sublett is also out as a second baseman who closed.
In 1996, Travis Wyckoff was an All-American utility player. He hit .400 with three homers as an outfielder. He compiled a 3.30 ERA in 58.2 innings.
Darren Dreifort, of course, is the first answer that jumps to mind. He hit two home runs in seven starts at DH as a freshman in 1991. His main job, of course, was to pitch and he went 9-2 with a 2.41 ERA. Two seasons later, he hit 22 homers as the starting DH and went 11-1 with a 2.48 ERA.