LSU Sports Information
By: William Franques
LSU PITCHER JADEN HILL NAMED 2021 FIRST-TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICAN BY PERFECT GAME
BATON ROUGE, La. – LSU pitcher Jaden Hill on Thursday was named a 2021 First-Team Preseason All-American by Perfect Game. It marked the second All-America designation for Hill, who was voted a third-team Preseason All-American last month by Collegiate Baseball.
Hill, a junior right-hander from Ashdown, Ark., allowed just one hit in 11.2 innings in the shortened 2020 season while recording 17 strikeouts. Opponents batted only .028 (1-for-36) against him during the year.
Hill made his first appearance in a game in nearly a year when he worked two relief innings versus Indiana on February 15, 2020. Hill, who was sidelined in 2019 by an elbow injury, was dominant in the outing, firing two shutout frames with no hits, one walk and three strikeouts. His fastball was consistently clocked in the upper 90s, peaking at 98 mph.
Hill earned his first LSU career save in a February 28 win over Texas with a dominating three-inning performance. He fired three scoreless frames, allowing no hits with one walk and six strikeouts, preserving the Tigers’ 4-3 victory.
Hill fired four perfect innings with three strikeouts on March 7 to earn a save versus UMass Lowell.
Hill and his LSU teammates are scheduled to begin their full-squad preseason practice sessions on Friday, January 29. LSU’s 2021 schedule of games should be finalized in the coming weeks.
LSU is No. 7 in the Collegiate Baseball preseason poll, and the Tigers are No. 8 in the Perfect Game Top 25.