It’s been about 10 years since Zack Cozart starred on the diamond for Ole Miss. It’s also been exactly 10 years since a visiting player has made himself at home in Wrigley Field quite like he has recently.
Cozart, a second-round pick of the Cincinnati Reds in 2007, blasted a solo home run in just the second at-bat of Tuesday night’s game against the Chicago Cubs.
That homer marked the fourth straight game at Wrigley Field that the 6-foot, 204-pound Cozart sent a ball into the stands. You may have heard of the last guy to achieve that feat.
Zack Cozart is the first visiting player to homer in 4 straight games at Wrigley Field since Albert Pujols in 2007. Courtesy Cubs.
— Reds Media Relations (@RedsPR) May 17, 2017
Even more interesting about the stat is the fact that Cozart isn’t really known for being a prolific HR hitter. In fact, today’s shot was only the third homer in 111 at-bats this season for Cozart.
The other 3 HRs came last season during a stretch from July 4-6. He actually had his first homer of the 2016 season at home against the Cubs on April 22. Cozart finished last season with a career-best 16 HRs.
Having missed the previous two games with a sore left wrist, Cozart was re-inserted in the starting lineup on Tuesday and fittingly delivered.
Cozart turned heads in Oxford as a freshman, earning SEC All-Freshman team and the SEC All-Tournament team honors. He set school freshman records for runs scored (53), at-bats (221) and total bases (110). He was named a Third-Team All-American for the Rebels in 2006.