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Nick Howard

215 lbs.
Olney, Md.
St. Joseph Regional
High School
Nick Howard - Baseball - Virginia Cavaliers

• Fourth in UVa history in career saves with 20


• Selected by Cincinnati Reds in first round (19th overall) in 2014 MLB Draft
• Named Third-Team All-American at relief pitcher by Louisville Slugger
• Named First-Team All-ACC honoree at utility for second straight season
• Named to midseason watch lists for John Olerud Two-Way Player, Pitcher of Year and NCBWA Stopper of Year awards
• Served as Cavaliers’ closer this year while also platooning at designated hitter and first base
• Named to 2014 ACC All-Tournament Team (DH/UTL)
• Went 20-for-22 in save opportunities (first in ACC, third in NCAA); recorded league-leading 14 saves in ACC play
• Set ACC single-season saves record, previously held by UNC’s Michael Morin (19 in 2012)
• Also broke UVa single-season saves record of 18, held by Kevin Arico (2010) and Branden Kline (2011)
• Had 14 saves and a win in 17 ACC appearances
• Worked seven innings in College World Series, including season-high four innings in 15-inning win over TCU (6/17)
• Picked up 20th save in CWS win over Ole Miss (6/21)
• Clinched NCAA super regional with 1 1/3 scoreless innings against Maryland (6/9)
• Picked up two saves in Duke, Virginia Tech, North Carolina, Florida State and Georgia Tech series
• Struck out all seven Florida State batters he faced, recording two saves in series win (4/25-27)
• Earned first career save with perfect inning against East Carolina (2/21)
• Batted in 43 games • Had career-high four hits in ACC tourney vs. Maryland (5/22)
• Hit first HR of season at Wake Forest (5/17)
• Went 4-for-13 with hits in all three games of FSU series • Was 4-for-10 with hits in all three games of UNC series
• Had seven-game hit streak snapped on March 26; was batting 12-for-27 (.444) in that stretch
• Named ACC Player of Week on March 24 after going 8-for-16 in previous week
• Hit go-ahead RBI single in Cavaliers’ series-clinching win at Pitt (4/6)
• Was 4-for-14 with five RBI in Miami series; hit tie-breaking two-run single in ninth inning of Monday win


• Earned first-team All-ACC honors (utility)
• Named to watch list for John Olerud Two-Way Player of Year Award
• Named to Charlottesville Regional All-Tournament Team at SS
• Named to first team of VaSID All-State Team (utility)
• Batted and pitched in Sunday game three times – against Miami, NC State and Maryland
• Of his 50 starts in the field, 37 came at third base, 12 at shortstop and one at DH
• Had career-best 10-game streak from March 9-24
• Was 9-for-21 (.429) in NCAA tournament, including 3-for-8 in super regional
• Went 6-for-13 in NCAA regional, including 4-for-5 in championship game vs. Elon (6/2)
• Homered against Georgia Tech in ACC tournament (5/23)
• Cranked three-run homer against VCU (5/14)
• Went 2-for-6 in Duke series, making first two starts at SS
• Went 5-for-5 with three RBI on April 23 vs. Richmond
• Hit in one game of FSU series, going 2-for-5 with first career HR in game 1 of Saturday DH
• Had two hits in opening game of Georgia Tech series; went 2-for-8 in series
• Was 2-for-10 in Wake series
• Recorded three hits in Miami series
• Went 4-for-12 in NC State series; had three hits in second game of DH
• Went 4-for 11 with two walks in Maryland series
• Sunday starting pitcher for much of year
• Struck out 52, walked 15 in 61 1/3 innings
• Allowed only 14 extra-base hits (8 2B, 4 3B, 2 HR)
• Picked up win in ACC tournament against Florida State after pitching scoreless 12th inning (5/25)
• Did not earn decision in final start against Duke, going 3 2/3 innings, allowing four runs (three earned) and eight hits
• Went 6 2/3 strong innings against Florida State to earn fifth win (ER, 5H, 3BB, 4K)
• Had best start of season at Wake; took no-hitter into sixth inning in earning win (career-high 7 1/3 IP, 3R, 0ER, 3H, 2BB, 6K)
• Worked 4 1/3 innings, allowed two earned runs in no decision against NC State (3/24)
• Pitched six innings and allowed two earned runs to earn win over Clemson (3/17)
• Worked into seventh inning for first time against Maryland (3/10), but was tagged with loss (6 1/3IP, 4R, 1ER, 8K)
• Struck out career-best 11 in win over Bucknell (3/3)
• Worked 10 scoreless innings in earning consecutive wins over William and Mary (2/19) and Toledo (2/24)

• Made 19 appearances out of the bullpen and also received 52 at bats in 26 games
• On mound, picked up 37 strikeouts and 12 walks in 41.2 innings (2.81 ERA); batters hit just .222 against him
• He allowed only eight extra-base hits (6 2B, 1 3B, 1HR)
• Also started 11 games in the field (10 at DH, one at third base); hit .368 with .468 OBP in his starts
• Went 2-for-3 with two runs in win over Seton Hall (3/3)
• Went 2-for-4, scored twice in Saturday win over Virginia Tech (3/10)
• Pitched 3.0 innings out of pen against VMI; struck out six (3/21)
• Was 3-for-4 with two runs and RBI in win over Towson (3/27)
• Went 1-for-3 with three runs, RBI and two walks while pitching 4.1 innings in relief to earn his first career win over Towson (3/28; 4.1 IP, 5H, 2R, 2ER, 0BB, 4K)
• Pitched three scoreless innings in relief and hit single in his lone at-bat against JMU (4/4)
• Went 3-for-5 and drove in one run in first game of Wake Forest series (4/7)
• Made first two ACC pitching appearances against Wake out of the bullpen (4/8-9)
• Pitched 2.0 scoreless innings and hit first triple of his career against GW; also scored run and drove in another (4/11)
• Pitched 3.1 innings without giving up an earned run vs. North Carolina (4/14; 3.1 IP, 3H, 1R, 0ER, 0BB, 1K)
• Struck out three and gave up one run in 2.2 IP against Richmond (4/17; 2.2 IP, 3H, 1R, 1ER, 1BB, 3K)
• Worked in all three games of Georgia Tech series; earned win in Friday game; 4.0 scoreless innings in series (5/11/13)
• Fired career-long 5.1 innings of scoreless relief in UVa’s win at Maryland (5/17); retired 16 of 19 batters he faced
• Had strong outing against Oklahoma in NCAA Regional (6/3), allowing unearned run and one hit while striking out four in 3.2 innings of relief

• Twice named to Washington Catholic Athletic Conference First Team
• No. 1 recruit out of Maryland according to Perfect Game
• Named to 2011 All-Met Team
• 2010 All-Met Honorable Mention
• Named to South Florida Class All-Tournament Team
• Named No. 90 prospect nationally by Baseball America
• Hit .403 with 28 RBI and 20 stolen bases his senior season
• Also pitched 31.1 innings to go 3-2 with 31 strikeouts and 1.56 ERA in senior year
• Played for Coach Mark Gibbs at SJCHS

• Parents are Dale and Paula Howard
• Has one brother, Matthew
• Uncle, Dennis, played for Toronto Blue Jays organization
• Father played college baseball at Canisius College
• Enjoys fishing, playing video games and listening to music