STILLWATER – Randy McCurry showed up at Texas Tech's Dan Law Field three weekends ago and was stunned by the lineup card.
The Oklahoma State junior was pitching, yes, to no surprise. But beside his name, he also saw the letters DH – designated hitter.
“I hadn't swung a bat in about a year and a half,” McCurry said.
Not that he minded.
After all, as McCurry said, “Every pitcher thinks he can hit.”
And McCurry always could hit, having blasted 105 career home runs as a four-year, two-way star at Tupelo High. But that was four years and one major surgery in the past. And this was on short notice, with no time to regain a feel for his swing or live pitching.
Well, McCurry can still hit.
A move made by Anderson out of frustration with a struggling offense has become a permanent move of fruition.
McCurry doubled in his first at-bat of the season and finished 2 for 3 in that Sunday getaway game, which he also won on the mound for a sweep of the Red Raiders. And he's been hitting ever since.
Entering Wednesday night's game against Ohio State, McCurry was batting .355 with seven runs scored and seven runs batted in. He contributed a home run to help the Cowboys secure a series sweep at Kansas State and he delivered the series-clinching RBI with a sacrifice fly on Sunday against Oklahoma.
“Randy's always been a great hitter,” said OSU center fielder Saulyer Saxon. “Growing up in Oklahoma, I knew of him. It doesn't really surprise me seeing him do this. He's always had power.”
And his career path figured to mirror Jordy Mercer, another small-town kid who was a standout shortstop and closer for the Cowboys before becoming a third-round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Pirates in 2008.