Sonny Gray turns in first career shutout on national TV
Career Highs Innings Pitched: 9.0, at LSU (5/8/10) Strikeouts: 9, vs. Niagara (2/20/10) Hits Allowed: 12, vs. Belmont (5/5/09, Game 2) Walks Allowed: 5, vs. Belmont (4/23/08) Runs Allowed: 7, vs. Alabama (3/23/08)
Coach Corbin Quote: When Taylor decided not to sign professionally, our program got better immediately. He is a rare kid...totally unselfish, tough and competitive. He has pitched in a starting role for us the last three years and he will serve in the same role again this year. He pounds the strike zone and doesn't back down from anyone - he is a great presence for our club.
2011: Gave up two runs on six hits with five strikeouts over 5.1 innings in fifth no decision in seven starts on the year at Auburn 4/3... Notched his first win since his first start of the year with five scoreless innings at Arkansas 3/27... Gave up four runs, two earned, on six hits over 4.2 innings against Mississippi State 3/20... Pitched eight strong innings allowing one run on five hits with six strikeouts against UIC 3/13 in third straight no decision... Gave up three runs, one earned, on four hits iwth five strikeouts acros 4.2 innings in no decision against Brown 3/6... Roughed up for five runs on eight hits in three-plus innings in a no decision against Stanford 2/26... Earned the win in his first start of the year with 7.1 strong innings, punching out eight with no walks at USD 2/20.
2010: Went 6-5 with a 4.46 ERA in 20 appearances on the year... Started a team-high 17 games... Struck out 74 and walked 27 in 107.0 innings on the season... Allowed six runs on seven hits with two strikeouts and two walks in 5.0 innings in game one of NCAA Super Regional against Florida State (6/11)...Earned sixth win of the season after throwing scoreless 10th inning against Louisville at the NCAA Regional Championship game (6/7)... Allowed six runs, three earned in 3.1 innings against Illinois State at the NCAA Regional (6/4)... Allowed five runs on nine hits in 4.2 innings with two walks and three strikeouts against LSU in the SEC Tournament (5/27)... Allowed four runs on six hits in 7.1 innings with five strikeouts and a walk in 4-3 loss to Arkansas (5/21)... Allowed five runs on seven hits with three strikeouts and a walk in 4.2-inning no-decision against Mississippi State (5/15)... Earned fifth win of the season at LSU, allowing two runs on seven hits with 1 walk and 8 strikeouts in complete-game win against LSU (5/8)... Allowed Allowed five runs, four earned, on eight hits with two walks and four strikeouts to earn fourth win of the season in eight-inning performance vs. Georgia (4/30)... Gave up three runs, two earned, scattering nine hits with no walks and five strikeouts in 6.2 inning no-decision against Tennessee (4/25)... Allowed just two runs on seven hits with seven strikeouts and no walks in career-high 8.2 innings, earning the no-decision vs. Auburn (4/18)... Handed the loss, despite allowing just one run on two hits with three strikeouts and a walk in 7.2 innings against South Carolina (4/11)... Allowed six runs, five earned, while walking three and striking out three in five-inning outing against Florida (4/3), earning the loss... Allowed one unearned run on five hits in 4.1 innings with two walks and two strikeouts in no decision against Kentucky (3/27)... Allowed four runs scattering eight hits in 3.2 innings with two walks and two strikeouts earning first loss of the season at Alabama (3/20)... Gave up four runs, three earned on six hits in 6.1 innings with two walks and seven strikeouts in no decision against Ohio (3/13)... Allowed two runs on seven hits with six strikeouts and no walks in 7.1 innings, earning the win versus Illinois State (3/6)... Earned second win of the season after allowing just one run on eight hits with two walks and two strikeouts in 6.0 innings against USC in second game of Dodgertown Classic (2/27)... Threw 6.2 innings of six-hit shutout baseball to go along with nine strikeouts and two walks, earning the win in game two of the Niagara series (2/20).
2009: Went 2-1 with a 5.05 ERA in 17 appearances on the season, including four starts... Struck out 43 batters and walked 10 in 41 innings of work... Threw one-inning of scoreless relief, allowing two hits while striking out one against Indiana (5/30)... Earned second win of the season after allowing six runs, career-high 12 hits, and two walks while striking out five in six-innings of work in first game of doubleheader against Belmont (5/5)... Gave up four hits and two earned runs in four innings of work against Louisville on 4/22... Given the loss against Alabama on 4/18, giving up four runs in 0.2 innings of work... Allowed two hits in one inning of relief against Middle Tennessee on 4/14... Threw one inning of scoreless, no-hit relief against Arkansas on 4/10... Made first SEC start of the year against Florida (4/5). Allowed two runs on five hits in 3.1 innings with four strikeouts and a walk in no-decision ... Gave up two runs in a third of inning against Florida (4/3) ... Recorded two outs in relief outing against Auburn (3/28) ... Threw one inning of scoreless, no-hit relief against Austin Peay (3/24)... Allowed one run, scattering four hits with six strikeouts in stellar four-inning relief outing in second game of Kentucky series (3/21)... Allowed one run on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts in two innings of middle relief against Belmont (3/18)... Gave up three runs on five hits and three walks with career-high eight strikeouts in 4.2 innings of work in Friday game with Ole Miss (3/13)... Allowed one run, zero earned, scattering four hits with one strikeout in 3.1 innings of relief in Sunday game against UIC (3/8)... Gave up three runs and four hits while striking out six, earning the win in first start of the season against Lipscomb (3/3)... Allowed one run, scattering three hits with two strikeouts in 0.2 innings of work against Cal (2/23)... Gave up two runs, zero earned, and one hit with one strikeout in 1.1 innings of work against Stanford (2/21) ... Went 2-1 with 1.44 ERA and two saves in 18 games with Chatham in the Cape Cod League. Struck out 35 and walked 10 in 31.1 innings of work. Named to the Cape Cod Eastern Division All-Star team as a relief pitcher.
2008: Posted a 5-2 record and 4.60 ERA in 16 appearances, including eight starts on the season...Pitched three innings, giving up four hits, no runs and three strikeouts in first appearance of the season against Evansville (2/27)...Made first collegiate start against Illinois-Chicago (3/7), striking out seven and allowing one run in 5.2 innings of work...Pitched two innings of hitless relief against Western Carolina (3/12)...Pitched two innings in relief against South Carolina (3/16) and allowed no runs on two hits while walking one and striking out two...Tossed one inning of one-hit scoreless relief to pick up win over Middle Tennessee (3/26)...Picked up his third victory of the season against Arkansas (3/29), striking out all three batters he faced...Pitched an inning of one-hit scoreless relief against Mississippi State (4/12)...Picked up the win in start against Lipscomb (4/15).Gave up one run on four hits with two strikeouts and two walks in five innings of work...Allowed three runs, one earned, on three hits in 3.2 innings in start against Belmont (4/23). Walked a career high five batters with three strikeouts...Gave up one run on four hits in career-high 6.2 inning start against Tennessee Tech (5/7). Picked up the win after striking out six with just one walk ... Allowed one run on two hits in 0.2 innings against Georgia (5/11) with a strikeout...Started against Ole Miss (5/24) in SEC Tournament, giving up four runs on five hits while striking out three in four innings ... Recorded a team-best 6-1 record with 2.53 ERA in nine appearances for Winchester in the Valley League. Struck out 59 in 53.1 innings. Opponents batted .234 off him. Struck out a season-high and team-high 14 batters in win over Front Royal on June 21, 2008. Named to the Second Team All-Valley League at the conclusion of the season.
High School: No. 2 high school prospect (No. 14 overall) in the state of the Tennessee by Baseball America entering the June 2007 draft out of Mt. Juliet High ... Named the Gatorade Player of the Year in Tennessee after striking out 106 batters in 82.0 innings as a senior ... Helped lead team to district championships in 2006-07. Team finished as the regional and sectional runner-ups as well ... Named District 9AAA MVP in 2006 and 2007 and was on the district all-tournament team in both years ... Earned MVP honors at the tourney in 2007 ... 2006 all-state selection ... Also a National Honor Society member ... Played with former Vanderbilt teammate Caleb Cotham for three years.
Personal: David Taylor Hill ... Born 3/12/89 .... Son of David and Teresa Hill ... Has a brother, Ryan ... Human and organizational development major... Favorites include Justin Verlander, Chris Johnson, Baseball Tonight, Eva Mendes, and the movies Dumb and Dumber and Field of Dreams ... Favorite vacation spot is St. Maarten ... Chose Vanderbilt because "it's an unbelievable academic and athletic experience."