HARROGATE, TN -- Hunter Hill and Will Meek will be joining the Lincoln Memorial University baseball team for the 2013 season, Railsplitter head coach Jeff Sziksai announced Wednesday morning. The addition of Hill and Meek brings the total to five in this class as the signings of Dillon Swaggerty, Ian Creager and Joe Hall were announced earlier this week.
Hailing from Knoxville, Tennessee and Karns High School, Hunter Hill will provide a much-needed left-handed arm to the pitching staff. At 5'7" and 140 pounds, Hill compiled a 2.34 earned run average with 57 strikeouts in 63 innings pitched in 2012. This season, he has tossed a no-hitter, a one-hitter and a two-hit shutout. For his work throughout 2012, Hill was named Pitcher of the Year, Most Valuable Player and All-District 3AAA. For his career, he holds a 2.77 earned run average. Hunter has also displayed a high level of athleticism by posting a career .333 batting average along with an impressive .996 fielding percentage.
On his path towards selecting the place to continue his baseball and academic career, Hill was pursued by Emory and Henry College, University of Tennessee-Martin, Covenant College and Presbyterian College before choosing Lincoln Memorial University. When asked why he chose to become a Railsplitter, Hill responded, "I chose LMU because they are a very prestigious and highly recommended school. I look forward to pursuing a higher education and earning a degree in wildlife fish & game, all while playing baseball for a great and respected LMU baseball program."
"Hunter gets the job done," said John Rice, head coach of Karns High School. "He is a polished pitcher. He hits his spots and keeps his pitch count down by forcing contact and allowing his defense to work. For four years we have relied on Hunter to be a key element in our pitching arsenal. He has always given his very best for Karns. He will be greatly missed. I'm excited to see what the future holds for Hunter as he will be a great fit for LMU baseball."
Regarding Hunter Hill, Lincoln Memorial University head coach Jeff Sziksai stated, "Don't let his size fool you, Hunter competes and can flat out pitch. He has a no-hitter and a one-hitter to his credit this year, both coming against very good competition. He is a very hard worker and great kid. He will give us another left-handed arm that can get quality innings for us next spring."
Will Meek heads to Lincoln Memorial University by way of Johnson Central High School in Paintsville, Kentucky. Standing 5'11" and 165 pounds, Meek brings versatility and depth to the infield as he has the ability to play second base, shortstop or third base. In his career at Johnson Central, he has accrued a variety of honors including All-District in 2009, 2010 and 2011 along with All-Region in 2010. In 2011, Meek was named All-Area and All-State Honorable Mention while being selected as a Kentucky East/West All-Star.That year, Meek posted strong numbers, holding a .402 batting mark with a .593 on-base percentage. He notched eight doubles, three triples and 22 RBIs. His resume is bolstered by a strong academic reputation as he holds a 3.9 career GPA and finished 25th out of 300 in his class.
Meek's talents were pursued by Young Harris College, Western Kentucky and Alabama State before he decided to join the Railsplitter family. When asked why he chose LMU, Meek stated, "I chose LMU because it is a place I feel like I can fit in and become a better person, as well as a better baseball player."
Johnson Central head baseball coach Shawn Hall had high praise for Meek, commenting, ""Will Meek is a kid that will be hard to replace in our program. He is a strong leader that comes ready to play and practice every day. His commitment and character not only define him as a player but also as a person on and off the field. Will's work ethic and his willingness to be coached made him a great example for all of our players. He represented our program with great dignity and humility and will be an asset to the Lincoln Memorial baseball program."
"Will is going to be a great addition to our baseball team," said Railsplitter head coach Jeff Sziksai. "He is an outstanding infield defender, and could play SS, 2B or 3B. "He is a hard-nosed competitor who will really fit in to the way we do things, and we are looking forward to seeing him develop in an LMU uniform."