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Marshall James McDougall

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[edit] Biographical Information

Marshall McDougall is most famous for hitting six home runs in a game in college.

[edit] College stardom

McDougall burst into the national spotlight, becoming a top story on shows like SportsCenter, when he hit a record six home runs in a game against Maryland on May 9, 1999, during his time at Florida State University. After starting with a single, Marshall hit six consecutive home runs and drove in 16 runs in a 26-2 rout of Maryland. His mark broke the home run record set by Henry Rochelle of Campbell University, who hit five homers in a game in 1985. The RBI mark was held by Jim LaFountain of the University of Louisville who drove in 14 against Western Kentucky University in 1976. Additionally, he set the NCAA Division I record with 25 total bases in the game. 8 years later, McDougall said he was tired of talking about his record-setting day after a month, wondering how much you can say about one game, though he continued to be asked about it.

He hit .419/?/.814 overall on the year and led NCAA Division I in hits (126), RBI (106), total bases (242) and runs (104). He stole 22 bases, hit 28 homers and 26 doubles. He tied for 5th in NCAA Division I in home runs. His 33-game hitting streak was one of the longest of the year. He led the Atlantic Coast Conference in average, runs, hits, RBI and homers. He made the ACC All-Conference team and was named Player of the Year. He was a consensus first-team All-American. In the 1999 College World Series, McDougall was named the College World Series Most Outstanding Player as FSU finished second. The Boston Red Sox took him in the 26th round of the 1999 amateur draft; he did not sign.

Returning to college, he slipped to .346/?/.610 as a senior with 15 homers, 82 runs and 67 RBI. He was the ACC All-Conference utility man. He again excelled in the College World Series, hitting .438/?/.938 in the 2000 College World Series. FSU fell in the semifinals. The Oakland Athletics drafted him in the 9th round of the 2000 amateur draft.

[edit] Professional career

Assigned to the Vancouver Canadians in 2000, Marshall McDougall batted .275/.380/.353 in 27 games.

He led the A's minor league system in 2001 with 43 doubles. He hit .257/.321/.431 for the Visalia Oaks with 7 triples, 79 runs, 84 RBI, 12 homers and 14 steals (in 16 tries) while playing third and second. He was sixth in the affiliated minor leagues in doubles.

In 2002, Marshall produced at a .303/.374/.486 clip with 22 doubles and 60 runs in 84 games for the Midland Rockhounds before being traded to the Cleveland Indians for Ricardo Rincon. He only played 7 games for the Akron Aeros (.389/.542/.667) as injuries took their toll; he played two rehab games with the Mahoning Valley Scrappers (1 for 5).

The Texas Rangers took McDougall in the 2002 Rule V Draft that off-season. He spent most of the year with the Frisco RoughRiders (.258/.328/.404, 18 SB in 21 tries) while moving to shortstop. He also appeared with the Oklahoma RedHawks (.270/.341/.396 in 30 games).

McDougall split 2004 between Frisco (.315/.383/.493 in 18 games) and Oklahoma (.282/.349/.511, 19 HR in 94 games) while moving to third base. He led Pacific Coast League third basemen with 30 double plays.

In 2005, McDougall had a big year for Oklahoma, producing at a .341/.416/.578 clip in 57 games. He made several appearances for the 2005 Rangers in a bench role, going 3 for 18 with 3 runs, a double and 10 strikeouts in 18 games. He played five different positions but only had four starts in 90 days on the Rangers roster. On June 29, he injured his wrist while sliding into third base and needed cortisone shots all year. After the season, it was discovered that he needed surgery on two bones and tendons.

With Hank Blalock, Michael Young and Ian Kinsler in the Rangers infield, McDougall had little shot of making the club in 2006. He was 3 for 14 for Oklahoma and needed a second operation on his wrist. He played Winter Leagues ball and hit .256/.360/.581 with 4 homers in 12 games for the Algodoneros de Guasave in the Mexican Pacific League after getting medical clearance, but was hit on the wrist by a pitch in his 12th game, reinjuring it.

The Los Angeles Dodgers signed McDougall for 2007. He split the year between the Jacksonville Suns (.263/.303/.458) and Las Vegas 51s (.304/.347/.514). Overall, he hit 36 doubles, 22 home rusn and 95 RBI. In 2008, he was with the San Diego Padres system but only played 31 games between the Portland Beavers (.266/.304/.438 in 21 G) and the San Antonio Missions (11 for 43, 4 2B, 2 BB).

Marshall split 2009 between Mexico's Reynosa Broncos (.286/.336/.479, 20 HR, 86 RBI in 103 G) and the independent Pensacola Pelicans (.329/.398/.384 in 18 G).

McDougall came to play in Taiwan for 2010, signing with the Uni-President Lions. On March 20, Opening Day, he hit 6th and played third base, going 0 for 3 against Jim Magrane. He hit .297/.351/.438 for the club and was leading them with eight homers when he was released in August. He had been fielding .911 at third base.

Sources: 2000-2009 Baseball Almanacs, Algodoneros de Guasave stats, "McDougall pleased to be back in swing" by Jeff Elliott in the Jacksonville Times-Union, MILB.com, CPBL site

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