College Baseball 360 Two-Sport Report #3

November 3, 2010
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The college football season is heading into the home stretch, and we have more updates on how college baseball players who also play football have fared on the gridiron this fall. Our Two-Sport list isn’t limited to college baseball players who play football though. The following list also includes a soccer player, a swimmer and a college squash player who also plays college baseball.

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We have also continued to keep an eye on guys like NC State’s Russell Wilson and Clemson’s Kyle Parker. Both are currently ACC quarterbacks who signed professional baseball contracts with the Colorado Rockies prior to the start of the football season. They could end up being minor league baseball teammates next summer.

There’s also an injury update on Villanova’s Matt Szczur, who led the Wildcats to the FBS National Championship last year, and signed a pro contract last summer with the Chicago Cubs.

Alabama-Birmingham

Danny Volk – Sr. – Baseball/Football

Volk has played baseball at UAB since 2008. He is a walk-on tight end this year on the football team. He hit .200 with two RBIs in 2010.

Arizona State

Brandon Magee – Baseball/Football

Magee is a linebacker on the ASU football team and an outfielder on the baseball team. He served primarily as a pinch-hitter during the 2009 and 2010 baseball seasons. Magee had 34 tackles with two sacks during the 2009 football season.

Through ASU’s first eight games in 2010, Magee’s 35 tackles are tied for the second most among Sun Devil defenders.

Army

Matt Campbell – Sr. – Baseball/Football

Campbell is a kicker for the Army football team and an infielder on the baseball squad. He was a kickoff specialist in 2009, with 47 kicks for a 58.2 average. He played in one baseball game in 2010.

Jon Crucitti – Fr. – Baseball/Football

Crucitti is a running back and outfielder who is in his first year at Army.

Crucitti has played in four of Army’s first eight games in the 2010 football season. He has carried the ball 23 times for 74 net yards.

Butler

Will Schierholz – Fr. – Baseball/Football

Schierholtz is a freshman from St. Louis who is a back-up quarterback for the Bulldogs this fall. He’s slated to pitch next spring.

Cal Poly

Jono Grayson – Sr. – Baseball/Football

Grayson played football for the Mustangs from 2006-2009 and played baseball in 2010. He has exhausted his football eligibility, but will play one more season of baseball at Cal Poly in 2011.

Clemson

Kyle Parker – RS Soph. – Baseball/Football

Parker had arguably the best two sport year ever last year. He threw 20 touchdown passes with 2,526 yards in the fall of 2009 to help the Clemson football team beat Kentucky in the Music City Bowl in his redshirt freshman year on the gridiron. Then last spring he hit 20 home runs with 64 RBIs to help the Tigers reach the College World Series.

He is the first and only player in Division One history to throw 20 TDs and hit 20 HR in the same academic year.

Parker was taken by the Colorado Rockies with the 26th overall pick in this year’s MLB Draft. He has signed with the Rockies and will report to spring training in 2011.

Including this year, he still has three years of football eligibility remaining.

Through Clemson’s first eight football games in 2010 Parker has thrown for 1,315 yards with eight touchdowns and six interceptions.  CLICK HERE to listen to an exclusive podcast interview with Parker.

Columbia

Alex Aurrichio – Sr. – Baseball/Soccer

Aurrichio hit .329 with 13 HR and 40 RBIs in 2010 for the Columbia baseball team. He also started all 17 games as the soccer team’s goalkeeper in 2009.

Aurrichio has started in goal in 13of Columbia’s first 14 soccer games of 2010. He has a 1.38 goals against average with 47saves and three shutouts.

Eastern Illinois

Cameron Berra – Fr. – Baseball/Football

Berra is a freshman from St. Louis who is just beginning his collegiate two sport career. He is a kicker on the football team and will play catcher next spring.  His grandfather was a cousin of Hall of Famer Yogi Berra.

Berra has served as EIU’s primary kicker through four games in 2010. He has connected on 6 of 8 field goal attempts and 12 of 14 PATs. He has also averaged 54.0 yards on 22 kickoffs.

Elon

Scott Riddle – Sr. – Baseball/Football

Riddle passed for 3,345 yards and 23 touchdowns in 2009. He is the Southern Conference record holder for career completions and passing yards. He hit .317 with six home runs and 31 RBIs in 2010.

Riddle has passed for 2,468 yards with 22touchdowns and six interceptions through eight games in 2010.

Fairfield

Tucker Nathans – Sr. – Baseball/Soccer

Nathans played both baseball and soccer in his first three years at Fairfield, but he has decided to concentrate solely on baseball during his senior campaign. He hit .357 with seven HR and a team-best 50 RBIs in 2010.

CLICK HERE to listen to an exclusive podcast interview with Nathans.

Florida State

Taiwan Easterling – RS Jr. – Baseball/Football

Easterling had 35 receptions for 442 yards and two touchdowns for the football team in 2009. He had four receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown in the Seminoles’ 2010 season-opening win over Samford. He played in 23 games with one start on the baseball diamond in 2010, going 3 for 23 with two RBIs at the plate.

Easterling has 23 catches for 369 yards and two touchdowns through FSU’s first eight football games in 2010.

George Washington

Marshall Seedorf – Jr. – Baseball/Swimming

Seedorf is a rare baseball player who also swims in college. He has been one of George Washington’s top freestyle sprinters during his first two years. Seedorf also pitched in 20 games in relief in 2010, going 1-1 with two saves.

Holy Cross

Josh Hauser – So. – Baseball/Football

Hauser is in his sophomore year with the Holy Cross football and baseball teams. He pitched in 12 games in relief in 2010, with a 4.34 ERA in 18 2/3 innings pitched. Hauser is also a tight end on the gridiron.

Hauser has five catches for 43 yards through the Crusaders first eight football games in 2010. He has played in six games with one start.

Indiana

Matt Ernest – RS Jr. – Baseball/Football

Ernest pitched in six games with a 4.97 ERA in 12 2/3 innings in 2010. As a wide receiver in 2009 he caught seven passes for 69 yards. He’s moved to the defensive side of the ball in 2010 and is now a cornerback.

Ernest has 20 tackles with an interception through IU’s first eight football games in 2010.

Greg Heban – RS Fr. – Baseball/Football

Heban made two relief appearances for the Hoosiers in 2010. He is also a cornerback on the football squad.

Heban has 18 tackles through eight football games in 2010.

Jacksonville State

Coty Blanchard – Fr. – Baseball/Football

Blanchard was taken by the Baltimore Orioles in the 41st round with the 1,228th overall pick in June’s MLB draft. He decided not to sign to that he could pursue both baseball and football at Jacksonville State.

Blanchard’s college football debut was a big one. He came off the bench to go 9-for-23 for 126 yards and two touchdown passes in Jacksonville State’s season-opening 49-48 double overtime win over Ole Miss. It was the first win over an SEC school for an Ohio Valley Conference team since the league was formed in 1948.

He earned OVC accolades again on October 3rd when he was named conference Newcomer of the Week for his efforts in a 40-34 win over Murray State. Blanchard passed for 68 yards and a TD, rushed for 28 yards and averaged 39.4 yards on seven punts to help the 4th ranked (FCS) Gamecocks improve to 5-0.

For the season Blanchard has passed for 275 yards with eight TDs and two interceptions, rushed for 264 yards and two scores. He is also averaging 40.5 yards on 32 punts.

Jacksonville State is 8-0 and ranked second in the most recent FBS national rankings.

Blanchard is expected to start at shortstop for the baseball team in 2011.

Kentucky

Brian Adams – Soph. – Baseball/Football

After missing all of what would have been his freshman football season due to treatment for severe blood clots, Adams played in eight games for the Kentucky baseball team in 2010. He hit .472 with a home run and eight RBIs in 36 at-bats. He is a redshirt freshman wide receiver with the football team this fall.

Adams has played in all nine of Kentucky’s football games to begin the 2010 season. He has one catch for 13 yards.

Liberty

Josh Healey – Fr. – Baseball/Football

Healey is in his first year at Liberty. He is a football defensive back and a pitcher for the baseball team.

McNeese State

Jace Peterson – Jr. – Baseball/Football

Peterson batted .366 with 16 stolen bases for the baseball team in 2010. He had 39 tackles with three sacks as a safety on the gridiron in 2009.

Peterson has 26 tackles with two sacks through the Cowboy’s first eight football games in 2010.

Nebraska

Khiry Cooper – Soph. – Baseball/Football

Cooper had 13 receptions for 80 yards with a touchdown for the Cornhusker football team in 2009. He started 16 games primarily as an outfielder and batted .258 with eight RBIs for the baseball team in 2010.

New Mexico State

Tanner Rust – Soph. – Baseball/Football

Rust served in a back-up role for both the football and baseball teams as a freshman in 2009-2010. He has played in seven football games so far in 2010, going 8 of 18 for 33 passing yards.

Nicholls State

Mike Barba – Soph. – Football/Baseball

Barba played in 23 games with four starts for the baseball team in 2010. He batted .143 with one RBI.

North Carolina State

Russell Wilson – Jr. – Baseball/Football

Wilson passed for 3,027 yards and an ACC-leading 31 touchdowns in 2009 as NC State’s starting quarterback. He hit .306 with three home runs on the baseball field in 2010. After being taken in the 4th round with the 140th overall pick in the June MLB Draft by the Colorado Rockies, he signed a professional contract. Wilson batted .230 in 122 at-bats over the summer for the Tri-City Dust Devils in the Class A Northwest League. He is back at NC State playing football this fall.

Wilson has passed for 2,302 yards with 19 touchdowns and 10 interceptions through NC State’s first eight football games this fall. He has also rushed for 269 yards and five TDs.

Northwestern

Arby Fields – Soph. – Baseball/Football

Fields hit .292 with five home runs and 27 RBIs in 2010. He is also a running back on the Wildcat football team.

Fields has 59 carries for 170 net yards and a touchdown through eight games in 2010. He has also caught three passes for 21 yards.

Quentin Williams – Soph. – Baseball/Football

Williams batted .192 with a home run and seven RBIs in limited action in 2010. He had 55 at-bats in 17 starts. He also pitched 4 1/3 innings in three relief appearances. He is also a defensive lineman on the football team.

Williams has six tackles through eight games in 2010.

Oklahoma State

Nathan Sorenson – Fr. – Baseball/Football

Sorenson is a highly touted true freshman who was rated as one of the top 50 high school quarterback prospects by all of the recruiting services. He was also picked by the Pittsburgh Pirates in the 47th round of the June MLB Draft. Sorenson pitched and played shortstop for his Texas high school state championship team. His 4.5 speed also helped his high school 4×800 relay team win a state title.

Princeton

Stephen Harrington – So. – Baseball/Squash

Yes, there is college squash and Harrington is the only squash player on the Two-Sport Report. Harrington batted .238 (5 for 21) in 2010. He started four times as a freshman. He was 3-3 as a freshman playing varsity squash.

Princeton’s 2010-2011 squash schedule begins on November 20.

Sacred Heart

Bobby Shepard – RS Soph. – Baseball/Football

Shepard made eight relief appearances in 2010. He pitched 7 1/3 innings with a 12.27 ERA. He is also the starting punter for the Pioneer football team.

Shepard has averaged 39.3 yards on 35 punts through Sacred Heart’s first nine games in 2010.

South Alabama

Eddie Cabrera – Soph. – Baseball/Football

2009 was South Alabama’s first season of college football, which makes Cabrera the first player in the 45-year history of the USA baseball program to play football and baseball.

He played in five games with two total tackles for the football team in 2009, but did not see action on the diamond in 2010.

Tennessee-Martin

Jordan Stokes – Soph. – Baseball/Football

Stokes is a back-up catcher for the baseball team and third string quarterback on the Skyhawks football team.

Texas State

Jeff McVaney – Jr. – Baseball/Football

McVaney is a two-way player on the baseball field. He’s also a fullback on the Bobcat football team. He earned 2010 all-league honors in the California Collegiate Summer League after batting .329 with 30 RBIs.

Villanova

Marlon Calbi – Jr. – Baseball/Football

Calbi is a back-up quarterback for the Wildcat football team who also serves as the team’s holder on field goals and PATs. Calbi batted .248 with one home runs and 20 RBIs on the diamond in 2010.

Christian Culicerto – Jr. – Baseball/Football

Culicerto is also a back-up quarterback on the football team. He walked-on and made the baseball roster in 2009. Culicerto pitched in relief four times in 2010 with a 7.71 ERA.

Culicerto has played in two football games in 2010. He is 2 of 3 passing for 17 yards and a touchdown passing. He also has four carries for 55 rushing yards.

Matt Szczur – Sr. – Baseball/Football

Szczur helped lead the Villanova football team to the 2009 FCS National Championship after being named both the CAA Offensive and Special Teams Player of the Year. He batted .443 in 39 games for the VU baseball team in 2010. Szczur missed several games during the season, because he donated bone marrow to a young leukemia patient.

Like Russell Wilson and Kyle Parker, Szczur signed a pro baseball contract after being taken (5th round) in the 2010 MLB Draft.  He hit .397 in 18 games at low-A Boise, but hit just .192 for high-A Peoria in the Midwest League.

Szczur was again Villanova’s top multi-purpose threat on the football field in 2010. He has 136 rushing yards, 113 passing yards with a touchdown, 42 receiving yards and a touchdown, five punt returns for 42 yards, and 11 kickoff returns for a 21.2 yard average. However, Szczur has not played since suffering an ankle injury in Villanova’s September 25 win over Penn.

Western Illinois

Chris Fuchs – Sr. – Baseball/Football

Fuchs is the starting punter for the Leathernecks football team and is also a relief pitcher on the baseball team. He made 13 relief appearances with one start in 2010.

Fuchs has punted 46 times for a 39.5 yard average in 2010.

Western Kentucky

Chris Bullard – Sr. – Baseball/Football

Bullard is a linebacker on the football team as well an an outfielder for the Hilltopper baseball team. He made five starts and played in 19 games on the diamond in 2010. He still has a redshirt year of eligibility remaining.

Bullard has 32 tackles through eight games in 2010.

Wofford

Landon Bennett – Jr. – Baseball/Football

Bennett is a back-up punter for the Wofford football team and plays outfield for the baseball team. He batted .333 with four home runs and 35 RBIs in 2010.

He has nine punts for a 37.7 yard average in 2010.

Yale

Brook Hart – Sr. – Baseball/Football

Hart is a quarterback for the Yale football team and a pitcher for the baseball team. He split time under center in 2009, passing for 750 yards with five touchdowns and four interceptions. He was also 3-3 with a 6.26 ERA on the mound. Hart started eight games with four relief appearances, tossing two of his team’s six complete games. He also earned one save.

Hart has served as Yale’s back-up signal caller during the 2010 football season. He has completed 15 of 30 passes for 227 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

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