By Robert Fullingim / Staff Writer
Sophomore pitcher Nick Wood signed a letter of intent Wednesday, Nov. 13 to play division 1 baseball for the Oral Roberts University Golden Eagles in Tulsa, Okla.
At a table in the LBCC Hall of Champions, flanked by his parents Sam and Charlene Wood and accompanied by coach Casey Crook, Wood made his intentions known in front of a crowd of attentive fans and heckling teammates.
Wood only started pitching two years ago, after playing his whole career as a catcher. Wood said, “It’s kind of a bad story. I was a starting catcher for LBCC, but I got hurt. The next year I took up pitching and I just got it.”
Nine pitchers are listed on the roster for LBCC’s 2013 season and although Wood came onto the team as a catcher, he quickly established himself and was slotted into the rotation. Fellow pitcher Sean Hale said, “He definitely has the fastball. I have been a pitcher since I was 6 and to see him come in and just pick up the position shows his talent. He has the hard throw, now he just needs to work on the control.”
Wood said he was being recruited by several different schools, but he chose Oral Roberts because it gives him the best chance to develop as a ball player and they have the second best business administration program in the country. Wood said, “My focus is on playing baseball and on getting a degree. Getting drafted would be nice, but I picked this school because they offer me both.”
This season will be Wood’s last at LBCC. In the Spring, he had 12 appearances with four wins, five losses and two saves. Hale said, “We are all happy for him. He came back from Oklahoma talking really highly about the school and the program. To be recruited by them is a good deal.”
When Wood was talking about if he would start for Oral Roberts, he said he would like to, but understands nothing is for certain.