Tigers' 2009 Draft pick Wood retires

Tigers' 2009 Draft pick Wood retires

DETROIT -- Austin Wood, the lefty reliever made famous after throwing 169 pitches for the University of Texas during an NCAA tournament game in 2009, has retired from professional baseball, sources confirmed Thursday morning.

His decision comes three years after he achieved notoriety in college for his 12 1/3 innings of one-hit ball in the longest game in NCAA history, a 25-inning marathon that Texas won over Boston College in 7 hours, 3 minutes. The Tigers drafted Wood in the fifth round of that year's First-Year Player Draft a few weeks later.

Wood missed virtually the entire 2010 season with shoulder surgery but came back to post a 5-5 record and 3.16 ERA in 50 appearances for Double-A Erie, striking out 61 batters over 62 2/3 innings. He had similar success at Erie this year, but struggled in a few different stints at Triple-A Toledo.

Wood was not on the Tigers' 40-man roster.