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Undersized and underappreciated, Hayward thrives as MU's unsung hero

Originally Published: February 10, 2009
By Dana O'Neil | ESPN.com

His fastball zipped in at 70 mph, a decent piece of heat for a high school sophomore.

Baseball, Lazar Hayward figured, was his ticket. He had been playing since T-ball and made his high school varsity team as a freshman.

And then in one freakish summer Hayward grew, stretching like some character straight out of a Disney movie. He grew six inches between the end of his sophomore year and the start of his junior year, sprouting out of his clothes and into ...

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