JUNE 17, 2013 – Nick Blount, a player on the SPSU baseball team this past season, was selected by the Chicago White Sox in the ninth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on June 7. Blount, a right-handed pitcher, had just completed his senior season with the Hornets when he became one of the highest drafted players in the team’s history.
“Getting drafted by the White Sox is an incredible honor,” Blount said. “It’s been a dream of mine since I was three years old to have an opportunity to play pro baseball. I had just recently pitched in a White Sox workout at U.S. Cellular Field (in Chicago), but I had no idea they would draft me.”
The 273rd overall pick in the draft, Blount played one year at SPSU after pitching for three seasons at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. While helping to lead the Hornets to a 39-18 overall record in 2013, he made 20 appearances with four starts. He ranked second in the Southern States Athletic Conference (SSAC) and tied for 19th place nationally in saves in the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA).
Several SPSU standouts have been drafted over the years – eight in the last seven years alone. Blount is the first player to be drafted under Coach Marty Lovrich. In this year’s draft, Blount was the second player from the SSAC taken and the third from an NAIA institution. The 22-year-old Blount is from Loganville, Ga. He is a 2009 graduate of South Gwinnett High School.