COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Troy senior Nate Hill has been named to the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year Watch List, the NCBWA announced Friday.
Hill has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the Sun Belt Conference the past two seasons. The Meridianville, Ala., native is 12-4 with seven saves and a 3.12 ERA with 138 strikeouts in 132.2 innings in his two seasons at Troy.
The southpaw went 7-2 with a 3.53 ERA last season and set the Troy single-season record with 35 appearances out of the bullpen; he led the Sun Belt in appearances and led all relievers in innings pitched. Hill was named to the All-Sun Belt Tournament Team after he struck out nine batters over 7.2 scoreless innings in two outings.
Hill opened his Troy career in 2011 with a 5-2 record and 2.52 ERA to go along with 63 strikeouts in 53.2 innings of work. He has not allowed an earned run in 41 of his 65 career appearances and enters the 2013 season 11 appearances shy of setting the Troy career mark.
The Trojans open the 2013 season next week with a four-game series against Florida A&M at Riddle-Pace Field. The series opens with a single game at 6 p.m. on Friday and continues with a doubleheader beginning at 1 p.m. on Saturday and a single-game at 1 p.m. on Sunday.