8 Nate Griffin
8 - Nate Griffin
Height: 6-0
Weight: 190
Year: Jr.
Hometown: Tulsa, Okla.
Previous College: Northeastern OK A&M
Position: C
B/T: R/R
Sport: TR




About Griffin

Outstanding defensive catcher will assume top duties behind the plate for

his senior season ... excellent catch-and-throw receiver takes the place of

departed two-time All-American David Castillo ... added 25 pounds to his frame

to take on the extra physical burden of being the No. 1 catcher ... handles

pitching staff well ... enjoyed a great Fall practice, making good strides

offensively ... a team leader.







Summer 2003

Helped lead Wenatchee to the Pacific International League championship and a

berth in the NBC World Series ... batted .273 in 16 PIL games, then caught fire

at the NBC World Series, hitting .562 (9-16) with eight RBI in five games.







2003 Highlights (Junior)

Primary backup to David Castillo ... caught 9 of 15 (60%) would-be base

stealers ... batted .292 with one home run and four RBI in conference play ...

named to the 2003 Mid-Con All-Tournament team after making the tourney's top

defensive play and homering in the championship tilt ... his defensive gem came

in semifinals against Southern Utah ... SUU had runners on 1st and 2nd with none

out, a run home and ORU up 4-2, and Griffin's grab of a short hop throw from 1B

Andy Hargrove snuffed out an SUU rally ... 4-for-9 with two RBI in Western

Illinois series ... belted season's first home run in 17-7 win at Oakland (5/10)

... 1-for-2 with a walk and a run scored in 7-2 win over Southern Utah (5/3) ...

was 2-for-3 and scored a run in ORU's 3-2 win over Oklahoma ... had pinch-hit

RBI single in 11-8 loss at No. 7 Miami (4/6) ... 1-for-2 with three walks in

ORU's win over McNeese State ... 1-for-4 with a stolen base against Kansas

(3/16).







At Northeastern Oklahoma A&M

Two-time all-conference selection at NEO ... batted .371 with four home runs and

49 RBI as a junior ... had 14 doubles and two triples for a .539 slugging

percentage ... also threw out 26 of 43 would-be base stealers ... hit .358 with

14 doubles and 29 RBI as a freshman ... coached by Roger Ward.




High School

2000 graduate of Union High School ... 3-time all-metro selection and twice

named all-conference ... named a Sunbelt Classic All-American ... helped lead

Union to a pair of regional championships ... coached by Mark Garner.







Personal

Full name is Nathan Griffin ... son of Gary and Sandy Griffin ... Business

Administration major ... chose ORU over New Mexico State, South Carolina and

Cal-Poly ... born December 7, 1981.