Austin Wood retires from Tigers organization
Austin Wood, the lefty reliever made famous after throwing 169 pitches for the University of Texas during an NCAA tournament game in 2009, has retired, sources confirmed Thursday morning.
His decision comes three years after he achieved notoriety in college for his 12 1/3 innings of one-hit ball in the longest game in NCAA history, a 25-inning marathon that Texas won over Boston College in 7 hours, 3 minutes. The Tigers drafted in the fifth round of that year’s First-Year Player Draft a few weeks later.
Wood missed virtually the entire 2010 season with shoulder surgery, but came back to post a 5-5 record and 3.16 ERA in 50 appearances for at Double-A Erie, striking out 61 batters over 62 2/3 innings. He had similar success at Erie this year, but struggled in a few different stints at Triple-A Toledo, allowing 19 hits and 12 walks over 12 2/3 innings.
The 25-year-old told Mud Hens manager Phil Nevin after Wednesday night’s game and left the team. The move caught Tigers officials by surprise.