FORT MYERS, Fla. – Former Eagle pitcher Pete Woodworth made his professional debut on Friday for the Gulf Coast League Rays. The recent FGCU graduate threw 2.1 scoreless innings in relief and allowed just two hits while fanning a pair of batters.
“I wasn't supposed to get in a game that quickly,” he said. “I didn't think I'd get into one until later next week. Most of the recently signed seniors (from college) who came in, we were all told that the team wanted to run us through a week on their program. I threw a few bullpens and things looked good, so they threw me out there. I just came right after the hitters and attacked the zone, and when you do that, good things happen.”
Following his first professional appearance, Woodworth showed appreciation for the FGCU baseball program and the coaching he received from head coach Dave Tollett and his staff.
“I can't begin to tell you how valuable my four years at FGCU were,” Woodworth said. “Being one of 10 guys on a staff and racking up almost 200 innings in those four years has really helped me adjust to the way things are in the pros.”
Owner of nine victories and a First Team All-Atlantic Sun performer, Woodworth finished the 2010 campaign with a 9-2 record and a 5.31 ERA in 84.2 innings of work. The senior righty sat down 67 batters in 2010 and finished his FGCU career with a 25-9 record and 261 strikeouts in four seasons for the Blue and Green.
Quotes attributed to Naples Daily News.