Even though he sat out much of last baseball season with a broken finger, Scott Woodward was not forgotten.
The junior at Coastal Carolina who helped lead Norwell to an undefeated record and the 2007 Class 3A state baseball championship, then went on to have a stellar freshman season with the Chanticleers, has been named among the top 100 college players for the 2010 season by College Baseball Blog.
Woodward was chosen as the 79th-best player by the Web site.
I didnt play for a month, month and a half, plus I didnt have that great of a (sophomore) year compared to my freshman year, Woodward said in a telephone interview from Conway, S.C. It was hard to dictate how that would factor me getting into the top 100.
Woodward hit .284 with one home run, 19 RBI and stole 30 bases in 33 attempts in 41 games last season. But the year before he hit .364 with seven home runs and 45 RBI, plus he stole 45 bases.
The sudden success placed Woodward on several freshman All-America teams, including Baseball America, Rivals and Louisville Slugger.
Woodward also played this summer in the prestigious Cape Cod League and helped the Bourne Braves to the championship. He hit .246 but drew 29 walks and was among the league leaders with a .407 on-base percentage.
After this season, Woodward, a 6-foot-2, 200-pound infielder/outfielder, will be eligible for the Major League Baseball draft.
It all depends on the offer and the round and what my family and I feel that is best for me to base my decision, Woodward said.
Warriors senior earns honor
Senior Josh Verhulst had four saves for Indiana Tech, which played Aquinas College to a scoreless tie, and he took WHAC Defensive Player of the Week honors for the second time. It was his fourth shutout of the season. Tech is 9-6-2.
Saint Francis ranked in top 25
The mens and womens basketball teams at Saint Francis were ranked in the NAIA preseason top 25 recently.
The Saint Francis men, 17-14 last season, tied for 23rd in the Division II poll, while the Cougars women, 15-16 last season, are ranked 16th.
Indiana Tech wins WHAC season title
The Indiana Tech womens volleyball team clinched first place in the Wolverine-Hoosier Athletic Conference with a 3-0 victory over visiting Davenport last week and will receive a first-round bye in the WHAC tournament that begins Tuesday. The Warriors (28-9, 14-0) will play host to the WHAC finals Nov. 13-14.
Athletes of note
University of Indianapolis senior Erica Smith (Snider) was recently named winner of the Councilman-Hunsaker Award as the NCAA Division II national swimmer of the week. Smith won the 100- and 200-yard butterfly and finished second in the 200-yard individual medley in a recent meet. She set NCAA meet qualifying times in all three events. IPFW sophomore Tara OToole was named to the 2009 All-District 5 Womens Soccer Academic All-America Second Team. OToole has a 3.93 grade-point average in pre-medicine.