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Jason Lane helped USC win a College World Series and the Houston Astros reach the World Series.  He did all that as a right-handed hitting outfielder peaking in 2005 with 26 home runs and 78 RBIs. 

When his hitting stroke started to disappear in 2007, Lane was eventually forced to face the reality of a career move.  As it turned out, the answer had been staring him right in the face all these years.

Lane decided to walk the 60 feet 6 inches to the pitcher's mound and remake himself as a left-handed hurler.  The experiment is officially a success.

After only a couple years toiling in his new trade in the minor leagues, Lane was called up to the San Diego Padres and immediately delivered 3.1 perfect innings in his big league pitching debut.

"That was neat," Lane said. "I was surprised.  I was a lot calmer than I thought I would be. I was more nervous when I hit in the sixth that I was when I was on the mound.

"I don't think I could have ever expected it to go like that.  All I know is that there's been a lot of hard work and ups and downs."


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Jason Lane pitched in relief many times for the Trojans usually in the later innings during his career. He came out of JC and stayed for his senior year. Remember his grand slam vs. ASU in final college World Series game in 9th inning to clinch
the victory 21 - 14. Trojans not getting close to his kind of talent these days especially ignoring the junior college ranks.

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