Arrived at Academy as "blue-chip" pitching prospect ... rookie performance did not disappoint ... high-end talent with bulldog mentality ... fireballing southpaw with vast potential ... sports loose, natural arm action ... features blazing fastball with great movement ... natural tailing action sails away from right-handed batters ... repertoire includes above-average curveball and nasty changeup ... breaking ball continues to add bite ... knows how to pitch ... works both sides of plate effectively ... not afraid to pitch inside ... touched low-90s on radar gun with regularity last spring ... immediately assumed top spot in head coach Joe Sottolano's Patriot League pitching rotation upon arrival at Academy ... loves to compete ... already one of finest pitching talents to don a Black Knight uniform ... first player in Army history to earn All-America laurels during two different seasons ... two-year letterman.
MILESTONES: Two-time Patriot League Pitcher of the Year ... two-time Patriot League first team choice ... set or tied nine individual school and Patriot League records last season ... tied single season Army and Patriot League record for pitching victories (10) he first set as a freshman ... established new school record by firing 22.0 consecutive scoreless innings during one stretch last spring ... authored lowest single season earned run average (1.21 in 2005) in Patriot League history ... also owns best career ERA in conference history (1.90) ... ranks third on Army's single season strikeouts list (90 in 2005) ... stands second on school's single season innings pitched chart (89.0 in 2005) ... limited opponents to record-low .201 batting average during Army career ... boasts four career shutouts, tying Army record ... had hand in school-record seven blankings during two-year tenure ... stands fourth on school's career victories list (20) ... ranks third on modern era wins chart ... fastest pitcher in Army history to register 20 career wins ... sports impressive .800 career winning percentage (20-5) to stand tied for third on school's all-time list ... boasts 171-43 career strikeout-walk margin for 4:1 ratio ... remains just 88 strikeouts shy of Army's all-time standard of 259 established by Steve Reich (1990-93) ... also needs just four victories to become school's career victories leader in modern era ... named to TPX Louisville Slugger NCAA Division I Third Team All-America team by Collegiate Baseball in 2004 ... first Army freshman to earn All-America honors and first Black Knight to be cited in nearly 20 years ... also chosen to 2004 Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American squad ... established 15 school and league records, including nine plebe marks, during rookie campaign ... first preseason All-American in Army history ... named a preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball last winter ... responded with outstanding sophomore showing ... became first player in Army history to earn All-America honors in consecutive seasons when he was cited by several organizations at the conclusion of last season ... named to second team All-America squads by the American Baseball Coaches' Association and Collegiate Baseball a year ago ... named to Brooks Wallace Award Watch List this winter ... award presented annually to college baseball's national player of the year ... earned spot on Roger Clemens Award Watch List this year and last ... award presented annually to nation's top college pitcher ... also selected as one of just five starting pitchers named to 2006 National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association Preseason All-America First Team ... named to 2006 Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American Second Team as selected by Collegiate Baseball as well ... two-time first team Patriot League all-star ... two-time Patriot League Pitcher of the Year ... forecast by Collegiate Baseball to repeat Patriot League Pitcher of the Year honor for third straight season ... preseason Patriot League Player of the Year choice by Baseball America.
2005: First team All-Patriot League selection ... unanimous choice for conference Pitcher of the Year honors ... nabbed Patriot League's top pitching award for second consecutive season ... named Patriot League "Pitcher of the Week" three times during course of season ... followed up outstanding freshman campaign with even better sophomore showing ... posted mind-boggling numbers during second season in Black, Gold and Gray ... authored most prolific pitching season in Army history ... fashioned 10-2 record with phenomenal 1.21 earned run average ... latter figure ranked second nationally ... also listed 28th among national leaders in victories ... allowed just 60 base hits across 89.0 innings of work ... struck out 90 and walked only 19 for flashy 4.7:1 strikeout-walk ratio ... five of those walks occurred against Florida State during final outing of season at NCAA Regionals ... listed 94th nationally in strikeouts per nine innings (9.1) ... limited opponents to stingy .198 batting average ... appeared in 14 contests, drawing 13 starts ... tossed five complete games ... led team in victories, ERA, strikeouts, innings pitched and complete games ... allowed just eight extra-base hits ... did not yield more than two earned runs in any of his 13 starts ... limited opposition to one run or less eight times ... registered 4-1 record with 1.64 ERA in five Patriot League performances ... yielded 29 hits in 33.0 innings ... struck out 28 and walked nine ... led Patriot League in wins, innings pitched, strikeouts and opponent batting average ... fired 22.0 consecutive scoreless innings to establish new school record late in year ... tossed eight shutout innings during impressive defeat of Massachusetts to close out perfect Army trip to Florida ... struck out eight and walked one during one of season's most impressive performances ... garnered Patriot League and ECAC Pitcher of the Week laurels for that strong effort ... fanned 10 in five shutout innings to key 10-0 blanking of St. Francis (N.Y.) ... registered two-hit shutout of arch-rival Navy ... struck out seven, walked only one and permitted just two Mid runners to reach scoring position ... earned second Patriot League Pitcher of the Week citation for that dominating performance ... tossed eight shutout innings against Savannah State in week leading up to Patriot League Championship Series ... yielded four hits, while fanning six and not walking a batter ... claimed league pitcher of the week honors for final time following that victory ... helped Army to all-important win versus Lehigh in Game One of Patriot League Championship Series ... allowed just four hits and two runs ... struck out six and walked one ... yielded four hits or less seven times ... allowed more than six hits just twice ... fanned at least nine batters on five occasions ... touched for more than one extra-base hit only once ... allowed only three home runs ... walked more than two batters just twice ... issued more than one free pass four times in 13 outings ... suffered lone regular-season loss in 2-1 road setback to Lehigh ... second setback occurred during 3-2 loss to Florida State at NCAA Regionals in Tallahassee, Fla. ... permitted just two hits and one earned run over eight impressive innings of work ... Seminoles broke 2-2 tie by pushing across unearned game-winning run with two outs in bottom of seventh inning ... set or tied nine individual school and Patriot League records ... named to first team ECAC Division I Baseball All-Star squad.
2004: Named Patriot League "Pitcher of the Year" ... first team All-Patriot League selection ... established school and Patriot League single-season records with 10 victories ... previous Army mark stood on record books since 1966 ... registered impressive 10-3 mark with slight 2.60 earned run average ... ranked 34th nationally in victories and 50th in ERA ... tied Army and Patriot League marks with three complete-game shutouts ... combined on fourth blanking, establishing another school record in the process ... yielded only 64 hits, while striking out 81 and walking only 24 across 86.2 innings of work ... workload figure stands second on Army's single-season chart ... allowed more than five hits just three times in 13 starts ... ranked eighth on Army's single season strikeouts chart ... limited opponents to .203 batting average overall ... figure rose 18 percentage points following NCAA Regional showing against nationally ranked LSU ... allowed 11 hits and five runs over 6.1 strong innings in that outing ... limited powerful Tigers to just three runs over first six innings of work ... yielded more than three runs on only one other occasion ... topped Patriot League in wins, strikeouts, shutouts, innings pitched, games started and complete games ... first freshman to claim Patriot League Pitcher of the Year award and fourth Army player overall to earn honor ... limited lefthanders to .118 batting average ... averaged 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings to top conference ... limited opponents to tiny .183 batting average with runners on base ... posted 4-1 record with 3.51 ERA in Patriot League action ... held conference opposition to .187 batting average ... recorded double digits in strikeouts three times ... fired one-hit shutout against Fairleigh Dickinson during early season showing in Florida ... struck out 10 and did not walk single batter in that performance ... tossed similar seven-inning shutouts against UMBC and Lafayette ... hurled six shutout innings against Columbia, combining on seven-inning blanking ... permitted only three hits and one run over seven innings of complete-game win against Iowa ... struck out 11 and did not walk a batter in impressive showing versus Hawkeyes ... registered clutch victory over arch-rival Navy in pivotal series opener ... allowed just four hits and two runs while striking out 11 and walking only two in that effort ... blanked Mids on just two hits over final six innings after yielding two runs on two hits in the first inning ... pitched Army to critical 3-1 victory against Lafayette in Game One of Patriot League Championship Series ... scattered eight hits and yielded only one run in complete-game, nine-inning win ... named Patriot League "Pitcher of the Week" once and Patriot League "Freshman of the Week" on two occasions ... set or tied six individual school and Patriot League records ... established nine other Army plebe marks ... named to ECAC Division I Baseball All-Star Second Team.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for head coach Stacey Carter at Sullivan East High ... Carter, a former Infantry officer and Ranger, who served with 82nd Airborne Division in Fort Bragg, N.C. ... three-time letterwinner ... served as team captain during senior season ... garnered all-conference honors each of final three years ... region player of the year as a senior ... all-state selection as well ... established state record by firing 56.0 consecutive shutout innings ... saw additional playing time in outfield ... squad finished sixth in state of Tennessee in 2003 ... helped team to school's first appearance in state tournament previous year.
PERSONAL: Given name is Nicholas Greeley Hill ... born Jan. 30, 1985, in Knoxville, Tenn. ... parents' names are Kristina and Carl Hill ... enjoys hunting and fishing during free time ... one of six members of AAU team currently playing collegiate baseball ... majoring in Systems Engineering.