April 3, 2014
Sophomore pitcher Evan Hill had one of his best outings of the season in Saturday's 4-2 win over Iowa. The Mt. Pleasant, Mich., native allowed just two hits with a pair of strikeouts in 5.2 scoreless innings. Hill Hill lowered his season earned-run average to 4.24 and now has 27 strikeouts in 40.1 innings. He will get the ball this Saturday (April 5) when the Maize and Blue faces Minnesota at 2 p.m. at the Wilpon Complex, home of Ray Fisher Stadium. We asked Hill about the differences from his freshman to sophomore seasons, what he worked on coming into 2014 and the strong support he gets from his family.
Q: You pitched at home for the first time this past Saturday. How did it feel to be back on the mound at Fisher Stadium?
A: It felt really good. I was comfortable on the mound, and I tweeted later that it was nice to have home fans and support because it always helps having people behind you cheering for you. It's just a comfortable feel after we've been on the road for 24 or 25 straight games.
Q: What were the big things you worked on coming into this season?
A: I would say consistency. I just want to be consistent this year, I want to throw more strikes and walk less guys. Also develop a better breaking ball. My breaking ball was pretty irrelevant last year. I think I've done both of those things, and I think it's time to put both of those together. And hopefully I can start progressing and making better starts.
Q: What's been the big differences from coming in as a freshman to now knowing the coaching staff and what goes in to being a baseball player at a Division I level?
A: It makes everything much easier. You're just more comfortable with the program, and I think being a freshman is harder, trying to grasp the whole college experience and learning time management. And with the season and the schoolwork, you get really swamped, but once you're a veteran you start to understand how to control all those things and how to not let outside things bother baseball, and not let baseball bother school. And just keep those separate.
Q: Your parents have traveled and been at most of your games in your career. How has that support helped you?
A: It's phenomenal. Having my family at all the games is one of the most important things to me because without a good support group and people who are there caring for you, I never would be where I am today. My brother comes to all the home games now because he goes to school here, so that's just really nice to see him in the stands.
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