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Senior trio closed out season with solid performance; sets tone for 2014
Record-Breaking Academic and Athletic Year Continues for Penn State Student-Athletes
Penn State will play four road games before closing the season with four home games
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SECOND TEAM ALL-BIG TEN (2011)
ACADEMIC ALL-BIG TEN (2011, 2012)
AS A JUNIOR IN 2012: Appeared in 15 games, starting each with nine Big Ten appearances ... Fired a total of 100.2 innings during the 2012 season, the sixth-highest single-season total in program history ... Posted a 3.84 ERA ... Made season debut against Cincinnati on Feb. 19, throwing six innings with five strikeouts and three earned runs ... Recorded his first win of the season at Purdue on April 1, striking out three batters and allowing just three earned runs in 6.2 innings ... Pitched his first complete game of the season, and the fifth of his career, on April 8 against Canisius ... Threw 122 pitches, striking out eight with just seven hits and three earned runs for the win over the Golden Griffins ... Earned his second consecutive and third overall win against Michigan on April 15, striking out four batters while walking one and allowing three earned runs ... Pitched the game of his career on April 21 against Iowa, where he threw the first Penn State no-hitter since 1995 ... Struck out three batters and walked just one to earn the no-hitter ... Named Big Ten Pitcher of the Week on April 23 and NCBWA National Co-Pitcher of the Week on April 24 ... Recorded his final win of the season on May 5 against Minnesota, striking out seven while holding the Gophers without an earned run ... Struck out three in the final game of the season against Nebraska on May 24 ... Posted ten starts in 2012 of pitching at least six innings while giving up no more than three earned runs.
AS A SOPHOMORE IN 2011: Pieced together a breakout sophomore campaign, earning second-team All-Big Ten honors while receiving the Charles Medlar Award as Penn State's top pitcher ... Surrendered just 12 walks during the season and ranked 17th in the nation with a 1.06 walks-per-nine-innings rate ... Finished the year with a 2.08 ERA in conference action, which was the lowest in the league ... Anchored the starting rotation throughout the year, starting 15 games while leading all conference pitchers with a 2.57 ERA ... Fired 101.2 innings, which led the squad and ranked second in the Big Ten ... Tossed at least six innings in 12 starts, including a league-high four complete games ... Opened the year with a season-high eight strikeouts while scattering five hits over 7.2 innings of work against West Virginia during the Big East/Big Ten Challenge on Feb. 19 ... Limited N.C. State to six hits in 6.2 innings of work while posting five strikeouts on March 5 ... Tossed his first complete game of the season and earned the victory after striking out five while allowing just one unearned run during the second game of a doubleheader against Norfolk State on March 19 ... Continued his hot streak with 7.1 innings of work against No. 26 Wichita State, which earned him his second straight victory ... Picked up another win after surrendering just five hits and two runs while striking out seven during a complete game effort against Le Moyne on March 26 ... Tossed his first shutout of the season after blanking Northwestern during a 12-0 victory in Evanston ... Limited the Wildcats to seven hits while striking out two without allowing a walk ... Fired at least six innings in each of his next three starts, highlighted by an eight-inning effort against Michigan State on April 29 ... Named the Big Ten Co-Pitcher of the Week for his performance against Minnesota on May 13 ... Scattered just four hits and struck out six without surrendering a walk while firing his second shutout of the season against the Golden Gophers ... Wrapped up the regular season with seven shutout innings against Michigan on May 19 to earn his sixth victory of the year.
AS A FRESHMAN IN 2010: Appeared in 21 games with eight starts while throwing 68 innings (second on the squad) ... 43 strikeouts were third-best ... Retired all eight batters he faced in the season-opener against Cincinnati on Feb. 26 to earn the win ... Pitched three innings against Notre Dame on Feb. 28, allowing one run while striking out six ... Impressed in first career outings, tossing 5.2 innings of one-run ball in the Big Ten/Big East Challenge ... Second strong start in as many outings, tossing six innings while only allowing two runs with three strikeouts at Texas State (March 14) ... Picked up second win of the season, coming into a jam against Columbia on March 20 while tossing 1.2 sparkling innings ... Earned first-career save as part of win over No. 24 Pitt on April 13, throwing 1.1 scoreless innings with two strikeouts ... Was the tough-luck loser at Minnesota (May 15), bouncing back from a tough first inning to go 5.2, allowing only four runs with five strikeouts in the Metrodome ... Finished the season with sensational start versus Michigan on May 21, tying a career-high seven innings, allowing only three runs.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played high school baseball for the Colleyville Heritage Panthers in Texas ... Impressed as a senior, not only being named First Team All-Area in a number of publications (Fort Worth Star-Telegram, Dallas Morning News and DFV VYPE Magazine), but also winning District 5-5a MVP ... That performance helped lead squad to the District Championship ... Also named an All-District pitcher in 2008 and All-District third baseman in 2007 ... Made the playoffs all four seasons while earning the Regional Quarterfinal Championship in 2006 ... As a senior, posted an impressive 8-1 record and 0.75 ERA on the mound while hitting .404 at the plate ... Was also a star quarterback, earning All-State, All-Area and District 5-5a honors at quarterback in leading the Panthers to a 9-2 record ... Played for the Dallas Tigers Select Baseball Team.
PERSONAL: Full name is Steven Hill ... Born on September 3, 1990 in Kansas City, Mo. ... Parents are John and Leslie Hill ... Majoring in management.
ON CHOOSING PENN STATE:"I chose Penn State because of the opportunity to get a great degree and a chance to play Division I sports."
GETTING TO KNOW STEVEN
Major & Why: Business Management
Favorite Thing About Penn State: School Pride
Favorite Thing About Medlar Field At Lubrano Park: The Blue Loop
Favorite Major League Baseball Player: Michael Young
Favorite Penn State Sport Other Than Baseball: Football
Favorite Athlete (Any Sport): Dirk Nowitzki
Favorite Pro Team: Texas Rangers
Favorite Sports Broadcaster: Tom Grieve
Favorite Musical Artist: Led Zeppelin
Favorite Movie: Everything Tarantino
Favorite TV Show: SportsCenter
Favorite Website: angel.psu.edu
Favorite Food: Steak
Hobbies: Scuba diving, Call of Duty, a lot of studying
Childhood Idol: My Parents
Place I'd Like To Visit: The Mediterranean
If I Had $1 Billion, I Would: Make sure my family was well off, invest some of it, then donate the rest
After Penn State, I Would Like To: Move back home to Texas and find some work