Erskine College’s Drew Willingham has rebounded this season, improving his batting average from .286 last year to .336 as of Thursday. (Matt Walsh | Index-Journal)
Erskine College’s Drew Willingham has rebounded this season, improving his batting average from .286 last year to .336 as of Thursday. (Matt Walsh | Index-Journal)

DUE WEST - In the movie "The Legend of Bagger Vance," Matt Damon's character Rannulph Junuh lost his golf swing because of World War I, and it took most of a 72-hole exhibition golf tournament against legends Bobby Jones and Walter Hagen for Junuh to rediscover his "one true authentic swing."
In some ways, Erskine College junior first baseman Drew Willingham also had to reclaim his "one true authentic swing."
In some ways, Erskine College junior first baseman Drew Willingham also had to reclaim his "one true authentic swing."

All the Flying Fleet baseball player needed to do, as he eventually realized, was to relax and trust himself.
"I feel like I was just really out of my elements, trying to do too much from what I needed to do," Willingham said. "It actually ended up hurting me."
After falling into a sophomore slump last year, a campaign in which he batted .286 with nine home runs and 40 runs batted in, Willingham has rebounded this season. As of Thursday, he leads the team with a .336 batting average and 10 homers, and is third on the club with 28 RBIs.

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