Former Waxahachie Indian Drew Harrison has been on-fire to start his college baseball career with the University of Oklahoma.
A former football and baseball player for Waxahachie, Harrison has helped guide the Sooners to a 4-0 record to start the season with a series sweep of San Diego State University, the former school of Washington Nationals rookie pitcher Stephen Strasburg.
In his first collegiate game on Feb. 19 Harrison pinch-hit for designated hitter Ross Hubbard in the ninth inning and singled to left on a 1-0 count. OU won the game 7-4.
He flied out to right in a pinch hit appearance in the team’s 17-5 win in the first of a double header on Feb. 20 before striking out as a pinch hitter in the second game.
Making his first collegiate start at first base on Feb. 21 Harrison was dynamite from the dish.
He connected on a solo home run in the fourth inning off San Diego State pitcher Craig Rasmussen after doubling in his first at bat. He finished the game 2-for-3 with two runs scored and one RBI.
Heading into tournament action this weekend Harrison is batting .500 on the season while tied for the team lead in home runs (1) and slugging percentage (1.167). He made eight putouts in his start at first while committing no errors.
Oklahoma is set to make two trips locally this year for Waxahachie fans to get the chance to see Harrison in action.
The first trip will be on March 6 at the Sooners visit Dallas Baptist University. The second trip will be a month later as OU plays at TCU in Fort Worth.
Cain bound for spring training
Life-long friends, Harrison's pitching buddy his senior year with the Indians, Colton Cain, has been released to resume baseball activities after offseason back surgery and leaves from spring training this weekend.
Cain has been tabbed as the eighth best prospect in the Pittsburgh Pirates organization by Baseball Prospectus. The left-handed starting pitcher was listed as a three-star prospect.
“2010 Expectations: Cain will start his career next season, either in State College or in West Virginia. He could take the Quinton Miller approach of a brief stay in State College, followed by spending the final two months of the season in West Virginia,” posted on buccofans.com. “Optimistic Projection: Cain has the potential to be a very good left handed starter, possibly a number two or three pitcher in the rotation. He already has the fastball to his advantage. He needs to improve his curveball to add effectiveness to his fastball, and his changeup to get right handed batters out.”
Close to home
A group of Harrison's former teammates with Waxahachie are playing college baseball locally with Cedar Valley College in Lancaster.Former Indians on the team include Zach Hopson, Chris DeLeon, Travis Smith and Hayden Allred.
The Suns are 4-8 on the season through this past weekend's games.
Harrison’s teammate on the 2008 state-runner up Waxahachie Indian baseball team, Boomer Collins, enters his second year as an outfielder for the University of Nebraska.
The Cornhuskers are off to a 1-3 start as Collins is batting .200 while starting in three of the games. He has two hits, one RBI, six walks and three stolen bases in four games. He has been perfect in the field with nine putouts and one assist.
Nebraska returns to action this weekend in Houston at the Rice Invitational.