|Hometown:||Broken Arrow, Okla.|
|Previous College:||Northeastern (OK) A&M|
|Previous School:||Union HS|
Veteran hurler moves into No. 1 slot in starting rotation after strong junior season ... enters 2006 season with good health after missing some time last season with an arm injury ... can be dominating when all his pitches are working ... considered an innings-eater ... will be counted on to fill the void left by 3-time All-American Dennis Bigley ... owns four pitches: an 88-91 mph fastball, an above average curveball, a cut fastball and a change-up ... considered a
high-ceiling pitcher ... owns excellent command ... a prototypical front-of-the-rotation starter ... has all the necessary tools to be a high Major League draft pick.
Enjoyed a stellar first season with the Golden Eagles ... capped fine 2005 with a four-hit shutout of College of Charleston in NCAA Regional ... struck out seven and walked tow against the Cougars, who entered Regional play with a nation-leading .364 team batting average ... named second-team all-conference despite posting a 1.38 ERA in league games ... ranked among Mid-Con leaders in ERA (2nd), wins (2nd), strikeouts (6th) and opponent batting average (3rd) ... winning pitcher in Mid-Con Tournament title game ... named Mid-Con Pitcher of the Week after tossing a 2-hit shutout against Oakland (4/17) while also striking out a career-high 13 batters ... blanked Southern Utah (4/10) over 6.0 innings, allowing six hits and striking out seven ... enjoyed a 25.2 scoreless innings streak ... streak started at No. 8 Miami (4/3) ... allowed three runs in the first two-thirds of an inning, the held the Hurricanes scoreless for the next 4.1 innings ... streak ended when he allowed an unearned run in the bottom of the seventh of a 4-1 win over Valparaiso (5/1) ... missed nearly a month with arm soreness ... was 1-2 with a 4.96 ERA prior to missing a month and 7-0, 1.55 in nine starts after returning.
Played two seasons at Northeastern Oklahoma A&M ... helped lead the Norsemen to a 40-15 record and a regional runner-up finish as a sophomore ... pitched in 11 games with eight starts in 2004, going 5-2 with a 2.65 ERA and 43 strikeouts in 54.1 innings pitched ... missed the season's first half with a minor injury ... was 1-2 with
a 3.81 ERA and a freshman and batted .356 with seven home runs and 56 RBI while playing first base, third base and outfield.
2002 graduate of Union High School ... coached at Union by former ORU All-American Bill Springman ... named to the Tulsa World All-Metro squad as a senior after posting a 7-1 record and 0.98 ERA on the mound and batting .386 with five home runs on Union's regional championship team ... played his first three high school seasons at Victory Christian in Tulsa ... helped the Conquerors to a district title as a junior ... belted three home runs and was the winning pitcher in the district title game.
Full name is Nicholas Tyler Jones ... son of Rick and Laura Jones ... Business Administration major ... chose ORU over Arkansas, New Mexico State, Oklahoma and Oklahoma State ... born September 14, 1983.