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Palomar Comets Baseball 2007

NICK VINCENT

NO. 15 /  RHP, SO, 6-0, 170; BATS: Right; THROWS: Right

HOMETOWN: Ramona, CA 

HIGH SCHOOL: Ramona (Ramona, CA) (2004)

NCAA DIVISION I COLLEGE: Signed early with Long Beach State. Selected Long Beach over 21 other schools that recruited him, including Hawaii, Cal State Fullerton,  San Diego State and Virginia Tech.

PERSONAL: Born July 12, 1986, at Pomerado Hospital in Poway. ... Son of Randy and Jill Vincent. ... Has one brother, Chris (19), a red-shirt right-handed pitcher at Palomar. Chris Vincent threw a no-hitter as Ramona High School clinched the 2005 Valley League championship with a victory over San Marcos..

2007 SEASON: Voted first-team All-Paciffic Coast Conference for the second straight season and the Comets' Pitcher of the Year. Was 6-3 with a 2.96 earned run average and 77 strikeouts and 19 walks in 97 1/3 innings, almost exclusively against the Comets'  toughest opponents. ... Surrendered only 85 hits. ... Compiled a 2.84 ERA in Pacific Coast Conference play with 50 strikeouts and 13 walks in 66 2/3 innings. ... No. 2 on Palomar's all-time win list with 20 victories in two-plus seasons. ... Also second on the Comets' all-time strikeout list with 195. ... Received spotting hitting support during most of the season. ... Threw four-hit ball over six innings, striking out six, but wasn't involved in the decision in the season opener at Cypress on Jan. 27. Left the game with the Comets leading 5-2. ... Gave up two hits and one run in four innings, vs. Cerritos on Feb. 2 but again was not involved in the decision. ... Beat Riverside Community College, at the time ranked No. 2 in the nation, 6-1 on a complete-game four-hitter on Feb. 7. Struck out nine and walked two. ... Gave up two earned runs in 6 2/3 innings against Mt. SAC on Feb.  14. Came out with a 6-2 lead in a game Palomar eventually lost 7-6. ... Pitched nine innings of five-hit, shutout ball in the Comets' conference opener on Feb. 24 but again was not involved in the decision as Southwestern won 1-0 in 11 innings. ... Beat the Jaguars 8-3 on March 10, scattering six hits in eight innings, striking out eight, and leaving the game with an 8-1 lead. ... Beat San Diego City College 9-2 with a seven-inning performance on March 31. Faced the minimum 12 batters from the fourth through the seventh inning, striking out four, walking none and surrendering one hit. ... Struck out six batters in five innings but wasn't involved in the decision on April 5 as the Comets pinned a 9-8 loss on Chaffey, which entered the game with a 24-9 record. ... Turned in a strong effort against Southwestern on April 12, when he took a 2-2 tie and a five-hitter into the ninth inning but wound up taking hard-luck loss. Struck out seven batters over 8 1/3 innings. ... Beat Grossmont 4-2 on April 19, throwing the first six innings, striking out nine and walking one. ... Picked up the pitching win as the Comets won on the road against conference champion San Diego Mesa on April 26, surrendering five hits in 6 2/3 innings. Teamed up with Jeff Ibarra and Kegan Sharp to throw the shutout. ... Beat San Diego City College 8-2 in the Comets' final game of the season on May 3, throwing four-hit ball over seven innings, striking out nine and walking one.

2006 SEASON: A second-team All-State and first-team All-Southern California selection. ... The only freshman pitcher to be honored on any of the various post-season teams selected by the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association. ... Voted to the All-Pacific Coast Conference first team by conference coaches and also was runner-up for PCC Player of the Year honors. ... Was the leading vote-getter among pitchers on the all-conference team. ... Led the conference on the season with a 9-2 record, with a 1.51 earned run average and with 82 strikeouts. ... Walked only 11 batters. ... Including his 2005 season when he suffered an early injury and eventually was granted a medical red-shirt, is 14-3 for the Comets over 2 seasons. ... Had exceptional numbers against 2006 state playoff teams: a 7-1 record with a 1.16 ERA; 49 hits, 13 runs, and 9 earned runs in 69 2/3 innings, 65 strikeouts, 8 walks. ... Was 5-2 with a 1.74 ERA and 55 strikeouts and 7 walks in 62 innings in Pacific Coast Conference play. ... Pitched the first 4 innings, giving up an unearned run, in the Comets' season-opening 5-4 victory over Santa Ana, ranked No. 2 in Southern California and an eventual Super Regional finalist, on Jan. 27. ... Beat Sacramento City College,  the eventual runner-up in the State Tournament, 10-3 on Feb. 4. Threw 4-hit ball over the first 5 2/3 innings, striking out 6 and walking 1 while failing to surrender an earned run. ... Gave up 1 run in 6 innings and walked 0 vs. Mt. SAC on Feb. 11. ... Was the winning pitcher Feb. 18 as the Comets downed Super Regional team Los Angeles Pierce 12-4. Gave up 3 runs in 7 2/3 innings, striking out 6 and walking 2. ... Was a hard-luck loser March 3 in a pitchers' duel with PCC Player of the Year Sean O'Sullivan of Super Regional team Grossmont, the third-round pick of the Angels in the June 2005 draft who signed with them after the ' 06 season for $500,000. Struck out 5 and walked 1 in intermittent rain, in a game the Griffins won 2-1. ... Pitched 6 innings of 1-hit ball, giving up 1 run while striking out 6 and walking 1, to beat Imperial Valley 12-1 on March 9. ... Beat Grossmont 6-4 on the road on March 16, giving  up 2 runs on 5 hits while striking out 4 and walking 0 in 6 1/3 innings in a battle of the conference's eventual first- and second-place teams. ... Pitched 6 innings of 4-hit ball, giving up 1 run, striking out 6 and walking 2, vs. Southwestern on March 23. Was not involved in the decision in a game the Comets won 2-1 in 10 innings. ... Was selected as conference Athlete of the Week for all sports after shutting out Regional qualifier San Diego City College with a 7-hitter, striking out 7 and walking 0, on the road on March 28. ... Pitched 1-hit ball over the first 5 innings, striking out 5 and walking 0, as he combined with 5 other pitchers to shut out Imperial Valley 8-0 on April 4. ... Pitched 2-hit ball over 7 innings, striking out 7 and walking 0, as the Comets beat Regional qualifier Orange Coast 4-2 on April 11 in a battle of 2 State Final Four teams from a year ago. ... Shut down a heavy-hitting Grossmont team on April 18, pitching a complete-game 4-hitter, as the Comets won 4-1. ... ... Worked 8 innings, giving up 2 runs, striking out 5 and walking 0, but lost a 2-1 pitchers' duel to Southwestern left-hander Vidle Nuno on April 25. ... Struck out 3 batters in 1 1/3 innings in relief April 29 as the Comets clinched no worse than a tie for the conference title by beating San Diego City College 4-1 on April 29. ... Southern California Regionals Round 1 — Pitched a complete-game 5-hit shutout to beat eventual Super Regional finalist Rio Hondo 1-0 in the Comets' first post-season game on May 13. ... Struck out 5 and walked 0 as he won a pitchers' duel from the Roadrunners'  Bobby LaFromboise, the Chicago White Sox'  24th-round pick in the June 2005 draft and an eventual Community College All-American and the 2006 California Community College State Pitcher of the Year, who entered the game with an 11-1 record.

2006 SUMMER WOOD BAT BASEBALL:  Went 2-1 with an ERA of 0.00 for 16 innings for the Southern California Running Birds on a 10-game tour of Alaska, striking out 18 and walking 2. ... Surrendered an unearned run on 3 hits, striking out 5 and walking 1 in 4 innings, to record the victory in the Running Birds'  8-3 win over the Mat-Su Miners on June 10. ... Came back to give up 1 hit over 6 shutout innings, striking out 7 and walking 0, to beat the Anchorage Bucks 6-1 on June 14. ... Was a hard-luck 2-1 loser to the Anchorage Glacier Pilots on June 19, pitching 6 innings of 1-hit ball and surrendering an unearned run on a dropped fly ball in center field. Struck out 6 and walked 1 in the game.

2005 SEASON: Was granted a medical red-shirt after straining his throwing elbow in the Comets' March 31 victory over Orange Empire Conference co-champion and State Final Four team Orange Coast. . ... His 1.49 earned run average led the PCC through the regular season. ... Finished with a 5-1 record for the season. ... Recorded 36 strikeouts in 36 1/3 innings. ... Was 3-1 with an ERA of 0.81, best in Palomar history, and 22 strikeouts in 22 1/3 innings in conference play. ... Also led the conference in ERA... Struck out the first 4 batters and made his college pitching debut a smashing success on Feb. 5, beating Cerritos 9-2 when he surrendered 1 run on 2 hits over 6 innings, striking out 7 and walking 0. ...Beat Mt. San Jacinto 5-2 on Feb. 15, throwing the first 5 innings and striking out 6. ... Beat San Diego Mesa 4-1 on March 3, throwing 8 shutout innings, striking out 8 and walking only 2. ... Beat defending Pacific Coast Conference champion Southwestern 10-1 on the road on March 10, throwing shutout ball over the first 6 innings, surrendering only 2 scratch singles and striking out 9. Left the game with a 10-0 lead. ... Pitched 6 innings of 4-hit ball on March 15 to beat San Diego City College. Left the game with a 12-2 lead in a game Palomar held on to win 14-8.

HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: Was Valley League Pitcher of the Year at Ramona High School, where he pitched, played the outfield and compiled a 6-6 pitching record with a 2.73 earned run average and 91 strikeouts his senior season in 2004. ... Led the Bulldogs to the CIF-Division III semifinals. ... Graduated from Ramona in June 2004 with a 3.33 grade-point average.

(Updated at conclusion of season)

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