OVERLAND PARK, Kan. – Belmont senior Nate Woods (Cedar Rapids, Iowa) was honored as one of thirty NCAA baseball student-athletes to be named candidates for the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award, as announced on Thursday.
To be eligible for the award, a student-athlete must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have notable achievements in four areas of excellence – community, classroom, character and competition.
An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Lowe's Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities.
The 2011 candidate class includes 15 student-athletes with cumulative grade point averages of better than a 3.5, including three with perfect 4.0 GPAs. Seven are from teams ranked in the Collegiate Baseball preseason top 35 poll.
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.
Woods has been a leader on the Belmont baseball field since his freshman season in Nashville. His leadership abilities have grown each year and he 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.
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.
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.
Lowe's, an official Corporate Partner of the NCAA, will announce the winner June 24 at the NCAA College World Series® in Omaha.