A common notion about community college transfers is that they take a year to make the adjustment to Division I baseball.
And despite generating vastly different expectations upon arriving from their respective two-year programs, UC Irvine juniors Drew Hillman and Jon Hurst have just about proved that thinking to be true.
Hillman was an All-American at Orange Coast College who had UCI coaches buzzing about his offensive prowess in the fall.
Hurst, a two-time All-Orange Empire Conference performer at Cypress College, was a borderline washout after an underwhelming fall.
Both also dealt with foot injuries that sidelined them for a brief time during the regular season.
Yet, heading into today's Los Angeles Regional opener against No. 23-ranked LSU (40-20) at 2 p.m. at UCLA's Jackie Robinson Stadium, both have generated recent hot streaks that have helped them secure their spot in the lineup.
"Hillman was just lights out in the fall and everyone had this realization that we really had a special hitter," UCI Coach Mike Gillespie said. "Then, the beginning of the season was rough for him."