David and Jacob Hill, not only twins but star ball players, have become the Orange Coast College baseball version of a one-two punch on the pitcher’s mound.
“They’re our No. 1 and 2 most valuable players on our team,” assistant coach Nick McDonald said. “They’re bulldogs on the mound and they like to compete.”
David Hill, 19, a communications major attended Cal State Long Beach and played for its baseball team before coming to OCC.
“It didn’t work out for me while I was at Long Beach State, so I decided to come back and play for OCC,” he said.
Jacob Hill, 19, a political science major, came to OCC after the 2012 season, where OCC made it to the four-team state championship tournament.
“I came to OCC to get a chance to play for a Division 1 school. David told me about John Altobelli [OCC’s head baseball coach] and how he can get me up to the Division 1 level,” Jacob Hill said.
Jacob and David will be transferring to the University of San Diego in the fall.
“We chose USD because our dad knows the baseball coach,” David said.
The Hills played baseball for El Modena High School in Orange, both covering first base as well as pitching.
David Hill had a 7-6 record with a 2.9 ERA, in 120.2 innings pitched and a .250 batting average.
Jacob Hill also had a 7-6 record with a 2.76 ERA, in 109 innings pitched and a .322 batting average with 35 runs batted in.
“Our dad is who got us to play baseball,” David Hill said. “We’re a big sports family.”
Cody Nulph, 20, a liberal arts major, said the Hill brothers bring a lot to OCC’s baseball team.
“They’re our two best pitchers and they give their best effort on the mound. They’re extremely valuable to our pitching staff and we expect them to go deep into games,” Nulph said.
Dominic Purpura, 20, an entrepreneurship major, said the Hill brothers are vital to OCC’s baseball team.
“Jacob and David are big assets to our pitching staff. They do a good job starting off the game and finishing it up.” Purpura said. “We make them better and they make us better.”
So far this season, David has a 7-1 record with an ERA of 1.00 in 71.2 innings pitched. Jacob has an 8-0 record with a 1.08 ERA in 50.1 innings pitched.