(West Point) – Baseball pitcher Nick Hill and softball hurler Veronica Barth were named the Army Athletic Association’s “Athletes of the Week” for strong performances in Patriot League action over the weekend. It was the first time both were selected for AAA honors this spring.
Hill was dominant on the mound in Army’s 3-0 defeat of Bucknell, and Barth was the pitcher of record in three of the Black Knights’ four wins in their series sweep of Holy Cross.
The senior left-hander hurled a nifty one-hitter, struck out 11 batters and issued just one walk going the distance in Army’s shutout win in the Bucknell series opener. The native of Bluff City, Tenn., came within two outs of his first career no-hitter as Army snapped a four-game losing streak.
Hill (3-3 with a 1.59 ERA) retired the first seven Bucknell batters into the third inning. He faced just two batters over the minimum and retired 14 of the final 15 Bison batters after permitting a one-out walk in the third. The two-time All-American southpaw did not allow a single Bison base runner into scoring position all day in firing his second career one-hitter and school-record seventh career shutout. He also equaled a career high with 11 strikeouts.
The Army senior has had a hand in a school-record 11 shutouts, and has tossed at least one shutout in each of his four years at the Academy. Hill has not allowed more than three runs in any of his eight starts this season, while permitting one earned run or less in five of his eight starts.
While Hill was busy setting down Bucknell on the mound in Lewisburg, Pa., Barth was having similar success in Worcester, Mass., where she posted a 0.00 ERA in 12 innings in the circle. The junior right-hander struck out seven batters and issued just two walks facing 50 batters as the pitcher of record in three of Army’s wins.
The native of Granada Hills, Calif., scattered four hits and fanned four of the 16 batters she faced in 4.0 innings in Army’s 12-0 nightcap win in its first-day sweep of Holy Cross. She was the winning pitcher in both games the final day of the series, picking up the first in relief after Army snapped a 3-3 tie with four runs in the top of the seventh. Barth retired the side in the home half to put the win in the books, then continued in the circle in the nightcap. She scattered four hits over 6.2 innings, struck out two and walked two along with an unearned run in the seventh.
Barth also shined at the plate batting .364 in the series and was 3-for-4 with two runs scored in a 7-3 win in game three of the series. In league play, she shows a 3-2 mark with a 2.16 ERA where Army is third with a 5-3 mark.