College baseball: Crown Point graduate Nick Nauracy to pitch at Ohio
By LaMond Pope 713-2691 or firstname.lastname@example.org May 10, 2013 8:46PM
Crown Point 2011 Baseball Nick Nauracy. | Photo Provided
Updated: June 13, 2013 7:07PM
Morehead State and Western Michigan were among the schools that expressed interest in Nick Nauracy.
But the 2011 Crown Point graduate wanted to lend a hand — or more specifically his right pitching arm — to the building process at Ohio University.
After spending the past two seasons at Vincennes University, Nauracy will continue his baseball career with the Bobcats, where Rob Smith is completing his first year as the coach.
“They are looking for me to be a big arm coming in the next years,” Nauracy said Friday.
Nauracy went 2-5 with a 4.77 ERA at Vincennes this season. He led the team in innings pitched (601/3), starts (12) and strikeouts (64). One of his best outings came April 29 when he gave up three hits and struck out nine in a complete-game (seven innings) shutout victory against Southeastern Illinois.
While at Vincennes, Nauracy said he learned to lead.
“I focused on becoming more of a team player. Not worrying about individual stats. It’s all about the ‘W’ at the end,” he said. “During practices, someone has to step up, someone has to be the leader. I was our ace this year. I didn’t let any errors affect us. I pitched my heart out.”
Nauracy said he played one year at Crown Point and had a lot of offers out of high school. But he thought the junior college route would suite him best.
“I didn’t want to go to some four-year school and have to sit,” he said. “I had a feeling if I went the junior college route, it would be the right route for a four-year school later to come out to be a big star. And Ohio definitely saw that in me and that’s why I decided to go there.”