Gold Team rallies to win game seven, but pitching lifts Black to clincher
Sander & Shipley help Palm Springs win fifth straight SCCBL title.
Four current Purdue players saw action in June 27 summer ball game in Palm Springs.
Boilermakers win final five games & six of the last seven; Kyle Wood wins team triple crown.
Top 10 list & honorable mention collection chronicles ups & downs of 2015.
Kyle Wood 2015 Action Photos
Purdue wins the series opener 8-2 against Penn State
Corpus Christi Weekend Photo Gallery
Phoenix Weekend Photo Gallery
Baseball Opens at Western Carolina Weekend
Purdue Personal Preferences
Favorite Pro Team: Pittsburgh Steelers
Favorite Coach: Bill Cowher
Favorite Pro Stadium: United Center
Favorite Field He's Played On (Other Than Purdue): MSU's Dudy Noble Field
Favorite Marquee Sporting Event: World Series
Current MLB Pitcher He'd Most Like to Face: Yu Darvish
Person He'd Most Like to Have Dinner With: Jennifer Aniston
Last Concert He Attended: Florida Georgia Line
Favorite Author: Suzanne Collins
Actor: Will Ferrell, Actress: Jennifer Aniston, Director: Clint Eastwood
Favorite Month: April
Favorite Holiday: 4th of July
Favorite Meal: Steak & Baked Potato
Favorite Purdue Building: Mackey Arena
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Cancun, Mexico
Foreign Country He'd Most Like to Visit: Ireland
Favorite Outdoor Activities: White Water Rafting & Swimming
Another Sport He Enjoys Playing: Football
Favorite Thing About Alexander Field: The Locker Room
Enjoyed this Professor's Class: Jan Cover, Philosophy
Most Memorable Moment at Purdue: Winning 2012 Big Ten Title vs Michigan
Furry Friends: Bailey, Black Lab & Heller, German Shepherd
Big Ten Player of the Week (March 9)... Wood played in all 54 games, starting 52 times... started 51 games at first base and one at designated hitter... also pitched in relief three times, striking out 13 of the 32 batters he faced... recognized as team MVP and offensive player of the year after becoming the first Boilermaker since 2007 to win the team triple crown... also led the team in hits, doubles, slugging and on-base percentage... named second team all-conference by College Sports Madness... enjoyed a monster series at Oklahoma (9-for-11, 3 XBH, 2 BB, 7 RBI, 4 runs) to become the first Boilermaker to win Big Ten Player of the Week honors since... played against his younger brother Brad, Northern Illinois' starting third baseman, as Purdue squared off against the Huskies the weekend of March 13-15... struck out seven of the 15 batters he faced to help the Boilers record 15 K's in the series finale victory at Western Carolina... homered twice at Oklahoma, in consecutive games vs. Iowa, and in games against IPFW and Michigan State... hit safely in all three games of the series at Illinois for the third straight year... also hit safely in all three games of the Oklahoma, Northern Illinois, Iowa and Nebraska series... had 12 productive plate appearances in his 14 trips to the dish at Oklahoma, recording multiple hits in all three games and his first career four-hit effort in the rubber game... registered a season-high four RBI in the series-opening win at Oklahoma... posted a 10-game hitting streak from March 29 through April 15 and a 13-game reached safely streak from Feb. 21 through March 15... reached base safely in the first 10 Big Ten games of the season and the final eight games of the year overall... drove in a run in five straight games from April 18-24... struck out five over 2 1/3 innings of one-hit relief in the home-opening win vs. Iowa... among the Big Ten leaders, ranked 12th in on-base percentage as well as 15th in batting average and slugging percentage... was second in the Big Ten in putouts... ranks third in program history with 38 career hit by pitch... reached base 52 percent of the time when leading off an inning... with a runner on third and less than two outs, plated that runner in 11 of his 16 opportunities (69 percent)... batted .342 at Alexander Field and a team-best .439 in midweek action... batted .455 in Purdue victories, nearly .100 points higher than any teammate... after big series at Oklahoma, March (.386, 13 RBI) turned out to be his most productive month of the season... was 8-for-21 with a .519 on-base percentage during the six-game April homestand. Individual Game-by-Game Stats
Wood played in 46 games and started 45 times... missed only the Michigan series and the midweek game at Indiana State due to a violation of team rules... led the team with a .302 batting average, 14 hit by pitch and a .390 on-base percentage while also ranking second on the team in hits, doubles and home runs... made 40 starts at first base and two at designated hitter... also started on the mound as the pitcher/DH three times... started games on the mound at Tennessee, Rice and Illinois State... pitched in 10 games total... ranked second in the Big Ten in hit by pitch through the end of the regular season and third overall... delivered the game-winning RBI with a walk-off single in the 13th inning of the series-opening win against Ohio State... had three hits in the finale of the OSU series... recorded four straight two-hit games from April 6-12... reached base safely in 24 straight games in which he batted from March 17 through May 3... reached base safely in 40 of the 45 games in which he batted overall... with 28 career hit by pitch, already ranks seventh in program history... homered against Illinois, Louisville and Minnesota... hit safely in all three games of the Illinois (5-for-10), Michigan State (5-for-14), Minnesota (3-for-13) and Iowa (5-for-13) series... batted .333 with no errors in Big Ten play... reached base safely 40 percent of the time when leading off an inning... batted .333 with runners in scoring position to share the team lead, including .450 in conference play... batted a team-best .364 at Alexander Field... led the way with a .319 average in Big Ten road games... started the season strong with four of his first six hits going for doubles while only striking out once in 23 plate appearances in February... doubled in four straight games in February... batted .340 in April... reached base safely in eight of his 15 plate appearances in the three-game season series with Butler... reached base safely in seven of his 12 plate appearances in the Illinois series and has now hit safely in all six games he has played at Illinois Field as a Boilermaker... team-best 5-for-12 in the Ohio State series... retired the first seven batters of the game in order and struck out four over three innings of one-hit ball as the starting pitcher in the win at Illinois State... struck out five over four innings of relief at Indiana... closed out the road win at Butler with a scoreless ninth inning... pitched the final 2 1/3 innings of the 16-inning marathon at Southern Illinois. Individual Game-by-Game Stats
Big Ten All-Freshman Team... Wood played in 46 games and started 44 times... started games at designated hitter (38), pitcher (7), right field (3) and first base (2)... started all 24 Big Ten games... was the first Purdue starting pitcher to also bat in the lineup since 2003... established a new Purdue freshman batting record by getting hit by a pitch 14 times... was relegated to a designated hitter role for much of the season after suffering a forearm injury in the second inning of his second start on the mound (Feb. 24 vs. Samford)... returned to the mound April 13 at Illinois for an inning of relief and to the rotation April 21 against Nebraska... did start again as a position player until May 8 at Ball State... did not play the entire weekend series at Samford after suffering the injury the Sunday before... impressed in his collegiate debut on the mound, working seven innings of four-run ball against College World Series qualifier Louisville at the season-opening Big East/Big Ten Challenge... didn't allow Louisville to score after the third inning and struck out two of the final three batters he faced in the top of the seventh to keep the game tied... started the finale of each of the final five weekend series of the season but was always on a limited pitch count... led the team with five home runs, 32 runs scored and 14 hit by pitch... batted third in the lineup a team-high 22 times... had two hits and at least one RBI in all three games of the Illinois series... recorded an RBI in a team-high five consecutive games in mid-April... scored a run in all three games of the Southern Illinois series... with a runner on third base and less than two outs, plated the runner in eight of his nine opportunities... homered against Mississippi State, Illinois, Illinois-Chicago, Michigan State and Eastern Michigan... batted a team-best .324 with 10 extra-base hits and team-highs on-base percentage (.463) and runs scored (18) in true road games... batted .356 (16-for-45) in Big Ten road action... reached base safely in seven of his 12 plate appearances, scoring four times, at the Mississippi State tournament... finished the Illinois series 6-for-10 with three free passes, four RBI and four runs scored while hitting for the cycle over the course of the weekend... recorded eight RBI over the course of the three-game season series with Illinois-Chicago thanks in part to a big game (3-for-5, 2B, HR, 5 RBI) in the midweek date at Alexander Field... reached base safely in seven of his 14 plate appearances and also worked four innings of one-run ball on the mound in the series at Michigan State... batted .310 (18-for-58) with seven extra-base hits and a team-high 14 RBI in April... walked and scored three times each in the spring break trip win at Cincinnati... had three hits in Big Ten wins against Penn State and Northwestern... delivered the big hit in the game two win at Evansville, a two-out, two-run double to break open a scoreless game in the sixth inning... finished the season have reached base safely in eight straight games.
Redshirted due to injury
Wood was a four-year varsity starter at St. Laurence High School in suburban Chicago Burbank, Ill.... two-time First Team All-State honoree as an upperclassman finished his high school career with .445 batting average and 31 home runs... batted .538 with 14 home runs and 56 RBIs while also posting a 7-2 record with 73 strikeouts, a 1.72 ERA and a .162 batting average against in 53 innings pitched to earn Catholic League MVP honors as a junior... did not pitch as a senior due to an elbow injury but still batted .476 with 18 extra-base hits and 31 RBIs... Lawless Award winner as the Catholic League's most outstanding senior... Reporter Newspaper Player of the Year as a junior after tossing three one-hitters... three-time all-conference and all-area honoree recognized as a sophomore after batting .385 with 44 RBIs... led St. Laurence to three straight Catholic League titles from 2009-11 and regional titles in 2009 and 2011... four-year leader scholar award recipient.
Full name is Kyle Michael Wood... born April 17, 1993 in Chicago... son of Mike and Lynn Wood... family also includes younger siblings Brad and Ashley... Brad plays baseball at Northern Illinois... majoring in movement and sport science.