Wichita State third baseman Nate Goro will not return to the baseball team next season.
Gary Goro, his father, said his son wants to play closer to his home in Wildwood, Mo., near St. Louis. Nate Goro started 29 games and played in 44 as a freshman, platooning at third with classmate Erik Harbutz. Goro hit .275 with 12 RBIs and two home runs.
WSU coach Gene Stephenson said the news caught him by surprise. He said Goro gave no indication he was leaving during last week's postseason meeting.
"He was looking forward to next season," Stephenson said.
Late last week, Goro called from his home to tell Stephenson he was leaving.
"On his way, he had come to the conclusion Wichita State was not the place for him," Stephenson said. "We wish him well in the future."
Goro will play this summer for New Bedford, Mass., with Harbutz and WSU redshirt freshman Micah Green.
Goro did not return a message seeking comment.
Cooper honored — WSU sophomore Jordan Cooper was named a third-team All-American by Collegiate Baseball.
Cooper, from Berryton, went 10-3 with a 2.01 ERA and was named Missouri Valley Conference Pitcher of the Year.
Shockers in summer baseball
OF Garrett BayliffDerby
P Mitch CasterRochester (Minn.)
P Jordan CooperFalmouth (Mass.)
2B Walker DavidsonEl Dorado
C Ryan EngravDerby
P Brian FlynnEl Dorado
OF Micah GreenNew Bedford (Mass.)
SS Tyler GrimesKenai (Alaska)
OF Kevin HallSt. Cloud (Minn.)
INF Erik HarbutzNew Bedford (Mass.)
C Ryan HegeSanta Barbara (Calif.)
P Tim KelleySanta Barbara (Calif.)
P Justin KempAnchorage (Alaska)
P Aaron LaBrieEl Dorado
P Tobin MateychickLa Crosse (Wis.)
P T.J McGreevyMadison (Wis.)
C Chris O'BrienFalmouth (Mass.)
P Josh SmithSt. Cloud (Minn.)
1B Preston Springer North Texas
1B Johnny CoySt. Joseph Mustangs