More action photos from home games at Alexander Field during the 2013 season.
Purdue Personal Preferences Favorite Coach: Wally Backman
Favorite Pro Stadium: Busch Stadium
Current Teammate Most Likely to Become a Coach: Connor Podkul
Toughest Pitcher for Him to Face Among Teammates: Mike Gaglianese
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: Thanksgiving
Favorite Meal: Steak & Baked Potato
Favorite Purdue Building: Mackey Arena
Favorite Big City: Chicago
Unique Travel Locale: Niagara Falls
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
2013 Season 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.
2012 Season Redshirted due to injury
High School 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.
Personal 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... majoring in movement and sports science.