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30 Titans in 30 Days...Day 15 Nick Fuller

POSTED May 24, 2013
BY John Nestor
Twitter: @nestorjdn

30 Titans in 30 Days...Day 15 Nick Fuller

College: UMass Dartmouth

Year: Sophomore

Position: Pitcher

Hometown: Acushnet, MA

Titans Outlook: Nick Fuller comes to Torrington to pitch for the Titans this summer after a strong second half of the season for UMass Dartmouth.

Fuller pitched in 11 games for the Corsairs including 10 starts. He led the team in wins with four and complete games with two and had 54 strikeouts with 28 walks in 67 1/3 innings.

The highlight of Fuller's second half of the season came earlier in May when he was honored by the Little East Conference as its Pitcher of the Week. Fuller earned the honor with a strong outing against Southern Maine, which is currently vying for a national title at the Division III World Series. Fuller pitched seven innings against the Huskies, allowing three and nine hits while walking three and striking out six. At the time he was just the second pitcher to defeat Southern Maine in conference play this year.

"Nick has improved by leaps and bounds from the beginning of the year," UMass Dartmouth coach Bob Prince said when Fuller won the honor. "His stuff has improved, as well as the confidence he has on the mound. He is pitching with confidence, and is a true number one."

Fuller also pointed to confidence for his strong second half.

"The second half of the year was better for me because I improved confidence wise," Fuller said. "Getting that first win under my belt was big and then things progressed from there."

As Fuller's performance improved on the mound options became open and he was sought after by at least a pair of FCBL teams before settling on Torrington.

"My coach was talking to the Titans and Old Orchard Beach and Torrington just showed more interest in me coming to pitch for them," Fuller said. "I am looking forward to it."

Last season Torrington had some of the better starting pitching in the FCBL led by Alec Palioca and Tyler Dierke. Fuller has something in common with the former Titans aces as he also comes from a smaller school and will be stepping up a notch in competition.

"I want to come in and play against better competition and see how I stack up against them," Fuller said. "I want to take baseball as far as possible so I need to keep getting better and better.

Fuller is ready to report to Torrington on May 31 and the lefthander comes to town with an arsenal that includes a fastball, curveball and changeup. He will be looking to work on developing a slider or cutter this summer to go along with his other pitches.

"I'd like to develop another pitch, a slider or cutter," he said. "I throw three pitches with a lot of confidence. Adding another one is just another step in getting better and becoming a more complete pitcher."

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