Trinity’s Livengood picks Waynesburg U. for nursing, baseball

MORGANTOWN — When Trinity Christian pitcher Tucker Livengood started researching colleges he might attend, he had two goals in the forefront of his mind: Get accepted into nursing school and continue his baseball career, in that order.
“The decision was pretty much a 50 percent split with nursing and baseball,” he said. “It was actually a little more nursing, but I wanted baseball to come with it.”
As Livengood took a look around at schools that could fit both his needs, one began to stick out: Waynesburg University.
The small college is nestled in the mountains of southwestern Pennsylvania, just a half hour from Morgantown. The nursing program was ranked 49th in the nation as recently as 2016 by the Nursing Schools Almanac, and the school competes at the NCAA Division III level — known for giving lesser-known recruits that are serious about academics a chance to continue playing.
Livengood sent in his application and was accepted. From there, he moved on to discussions with the baseball program, and the decision came easily.
“I got accepted to the nursing program, which was my main goal. From there, I started talking to the coach, and they wanted me to come,” Livengood said. “I figured, I’ll go play baseball too. I was pretty pleased with how it worked out.”

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