Showed tremendous improvement from his freshman season and spent the majority of the year as Tennessee's weekend ace ... Made 14 appearances with 13 starts and led the Vols in innings pitched (83 2/3) and strikeout-to-walk ratio (7.0) ... Left-handers hit .330 against him, while right-handers batted .252 ... Averaged a team-best 5.98 innings per appearance ... Led the SEC and ranked fourth nationally with 0.97 walks allowed per nine innings (nine walks in 83 2/3 innings pitched) ... Was the only pitcher in the SEC to start at least 10 games and not issue multiple walks in any of those starts ... Worked a team-high two complete games, both of which came in SEC play ... His SEC totals included a 2-4 record and a 5.10 ERA in 10 starts spanning 67 innings with seven walks and 51 strikeouts ... Worked at least six full innings in nine of his 10 SEC starts and averaged 0.7 walks and 5.1 strikeouts per SEC outing ... Opened the season with a 7 1/3-inning start against Morehead State in which he earned a hard-luck no-decision after allowing just one run on three hits ... Took the loss against Texas Tech March 1 at Houston's Minute Maid Park after surrendering five runs (four earned) on eight hits through 4 2/3 innings ... Had four consecutive starts result in no-decisions from March 9 through March 30, including outings against Eastern Michigan, LSU, Georgia and Auburn ... Earned his first win of the year with a spectacular start against Florida in Game 1 of an April 5 doubleheader, during which gave up two runs on seven hits with one walk and a career-high 11 strikeouts through 7 1/3 dominant innings ... Was touched for a career-high nine runs during a six-inning start vs. Alabama on April 12 while suffering his second loss of the season ... Also was saddled with a loss April 18 at Arkansas after allowing five runs on eight hits through eight innings ... His lone relief appearance was a 1/3-inning stint against ETSU April 23, as he retired the Bucs' final batter of the game ... Allowed just two runs on five hits through seven innings at Mississippi State on April 25 but again came away with a no-decision ... Absorbed back-to-back losses against Vanderbilt (May 2) and Kentucky (May 9) ... Closed out the season in fine fashion with a complete-game three-hitter at 18th-ranked South Carolina on May 17 ... Struck out eight Gamecocks batters and had a shutout through 8 2/3 innings while earning a win in his final outing of the year.
2007 - FRESHMAN
True freshman gradually worked his way from the bullpen into Tennessee's rotation and ranked fourth on the team with eight starts ... Built a 4-4 record with a 6.23 ERA and allowed 45 runs (36 earned) on 51 hits with 44 strikeouts and 43 walks in 52 innings ... Was 1-1 in SEC play with a 5.84 ERA ... Made his collegiate debut at No. 13 Florida State Feb. 3, allowing two runs on five hits with a walk and two strikeouts in three innings of relief ... Faced just one batter Feb. 9 vs. Eastern Michigan while notching his first career save ... Worked 2/3 inning Feb. 18 vs. Bethune-Cookman ... Pitched a perfect final inning of the series finale vs. IPFW Feb. 24 ... Took back-to-back bullpen losses vs. Illinois-Chicago March 2 and 3, working a combined 2 1/3 innings and allowing five runs (only two of which were earned) ... Recorded his first career win with an impressive 4 2/3 innings relief appearance March 6 vs. Lipscomb, during which he struck out three ... His first career state came in the Sunday game of the Siena series March 11, and he earned a no-decision after allowing seven runs on eight hits with three walks and three Ks in 3 1/3 innings ... Logged his second win of the year with two solid relief innings vs. Morehead State March 14 ... Grabbed another no-decision start March 18 at No. 22 Alabama, giving up five runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts through four innings ... Lasted just two full innings in his start vs. Georgia March 25, earning a no-decision by allowing two runs on four hits ... Allowed one run on two hits during 1 1/3 innings of action vs. No. 7 Arkansas April 1 ... Faced three batters during a brief 2/3 inning appearance vs. Lincoln Memorial April 18 ... Earned his third win of the year April 24 at ETSU after starting and allowing four runs on four hits through five innings ... Pitched a career-high six innings out of the bullpen at LSU April 28, allowing one unearned run on three hits with a career-high six strikeouts ... Made his first career SEC start May 5 vs. Ole Miss and earned a no-decision after surrendering four runs (two earned) on four hits through 4 2/3 innings ... Threw two perfect innings of relief May 8 vs. Tennessee Temple, logging four strikeouts ... Earned a win over No. 7 South Carolina May 12 after allowing just two runs on two hits through five solid innings ... Threw one perfect inning of relief against Tennessee Tech May 15 ... Fell to 4-3 on the year after allowing four runs on two hits with four walks during a 1 2/3 inning start at Florida May 18 ... Started UT's final game of the season and took the loss to fall to 4-4 as the Vols fell to No. 1-ranked Vanderbilt in the SEC Tournament ... Was touched for five runs on three hits in just 1 1/3 innings vs. the Commodores ... Opponents hit .258 against him on the year, with left-handers hitting at a .298 clip and righthanders batting .245.
Graduated from Hialeah High School in Hialeah, Fla. ... Was selected by the Oakland Athletics in the 32nd round of the 2006 MLB draft ... Posted a 13-3 record with a 0.72 ERA and 119 strikeouts as a senior in 2006 ... As a senior, was named first-team All-State, first-team All-Dade County and Miami Dade Pitcher of the Year ... Went 9-2 with a 0.88 ERA and 76 strikeouts as a junior in 2005 on his way to All-Dade County honors and All-State honorable mention ... Played on the 2005 18 & Under World Wood Bat Champion Florida Bombers summer team, going 2-0 with eight saves, a 0.99 ERA and 34 strikeouts in 28.1 innings ... Ranks third on the Bombers' all-time single-season list with eight saves (2005).
Full name is Nicholas Angel Hernandez ... Born July 30, 1988, in Hialeah, Fla. ... Son of Nicolas and Kimberly Hernandez ... His father was a catcher at Hialeah and was selected by the Milwaukee Brewers in the first round (eighth overall) in the 1978 MLB draft ... His uncle, Angel Hernandez, has been an MLB umpire for 13 years and worked the 2005 World Series ... Recipient of the J. Steven Maples Endowment Fund ... Academic major: Sport management with a minor in business.
Innings Pitched-Starter: 9.0 at South Carolina 5/15/08
Innings pitched-Reliever: 4.2 vs. Lipscomb 3/6/07
Strikeout High (2008): 11 vs. Florida 4/5/08 G1
Strikeout High (Career): 11 vs. Florida 4/5/08 G1
Walk High (2008): 1, 9x (last at South Carolina 5/15/08)
Walk High (Career): 5 vs. Ole Miss 5/5/07