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Nate Woods

School

Belmont

Position
Pitcher, First Base, Deisgnated Hitter
Major
Information Systems Management
AVG
.317
R
26
H
40
FLD%
.972
ERA
8.07
W-L
2-5
RBI
32

Classroom

Woods maintains a 3.58 GPA in information systems management. He has been a Dean’s List honoree five times and was named Atlantic Sun Conference All-Academic twice. In whatever field or profession his career path takes him, Woods states that he wants to “give back to young kids the lessons and skills he has learned over the years.”

Character

Woods has been a leader on the Belmont baseball field since his freshman season in Nashville. His leadership abilities have grown each year and was elected team captain prior to the start of the 2011 campaign. He carries with him a lot of responsibility in communicating and setting an example for the younger players on and off the field. In the early part of the 2009 season, Woods broke his wrist. After sitting out four weeks he suffered a season-ending foot injury during his first game back. All of this turmoil came after an extremely successful freshman season with league-leading statistics and freshman All-American honors. Woods returned in 2010 having to prove he was still capable of performing at the highest level.  He did that and then some as he set Belmont single-season records for home runs and RBI as a junior.

Community

Every year the Belmont Baseball team conducts the Parkwood Clinics.  They are free clinics provided by Belmont for inner city youth in the Nashville area. Woods has participated in these events since he arrived at Belmont and was in a leadership role this past fall. He set up the itineraries, oversaw instruction and organized the clinic itself. It is one way Woods gives back to the city of Nashville and the sport of baseball. “I love to teach,” Woods says, so he has made an effort to volunteer annually at fall high school camps, helping those that need instruction on how to better themselves as players.

Competition

After being drafted by the Los Angeles Dodgers in 2007, Woods attended Belmont to receive an education while participating in the sport he loves. Last season he led Belmont with 20 home runs and 78 RBI, setting single-season records for the program in both categories. He earned first-team All-Atlantic Sun honors and was named to SEBaseball.com’s Atlantic Sun honor roll following his outstanding junior campaign. Woods recorded a batting average of .319 with 68 hits, 57 runs scored, 14 doubles and a team-high 142 total bases. He also started 13 games on the mound, finishing with a 5-6 record and an ERA of 6.65. He was second on the team with 43 strikeouts and 69.0 innings pitched. Woods only gave up 19 walks and held opponents to a batting average of .286.