NORTH DARTMOUTH, Mass. – University of Massachusetts Dartmouth junior pitcher Nick Fuller (Acushnet, Mass. / New Bedford) signed a Major League Baseball contract with the Miami Marlins. The announcement was made after Fuller pitched Martha's Vineyard to a 7-3 victory over the Torrington Titans to send the Sharks into the Future's Collegiate Baseball League Championship Series.
"I couldn't be happier for Nick and his family," UMass Dartmouth Head Coach Bob Prince said. "He has worked extremely hard to develop his skill set and work ethic both on the field and in the class room. He has come from being a light-hitting outfielder to a front line starting pitcher in the Little East Conference, arguably the strongest NCAA Division III Conference in the country."
Fuller is the fourth Corsair baseball player to ink a professional contract and first since former All-American John Graham played four seasons in the Boston Red Sox farm system between 1993 and 1996. The southpaw will be assigned to either the New York-Penn League or the Gulf Coast League.
In 2014, Fuller, a starter in eight of his 10 appearances, won three of his final fours starts to complete his junior season with an individual record of 3-3. The Acushnet, Mass. product ranked among the Little East Conference leaders in earned runs allowed (3rd, 15), hits allowed (5th, 46), and earned run average (6th, 2.83), while leading UMass Dartmouth in strikeouts (40). Fuller limited his opponents to 39 singles, five doubles, two triples, and 17 walks in 47.2 innings of work.
The 6-foot- 4, 190 pound left-hander was a workhorse for UMass Dartmouth, throwing at least six innings in five of his eight starts, including two complete games. Fuller produced three of his four quality starts against conference opponents. He held the opposition to two or fewer earned runs in eight appearances, while fanning at least five batters six times. Fuller punched out a season-high seven batters at Eastern Connecticut on April 27. He earned his final victory of the season against intra-state rival UMass Boston in the opening round of the Little East Conference Championship tournament, limiting the Beacons to three runs, only one of which was earned, on six hits, while striking out two over the course of six innings.
In three seasons in a Corsair uniform, Fuller posted a 9-10 individual record with a 4.68 earned run average. A starter in 22 of his 27 career appearances, he allowed 151 total hits, 70 earned runs, and 58 walks, while striking out 105 batters in 134.2 innings of work. Fuller collected his lone save of his career in 2013.
In 2014, Prince led UMass Dartmouth to a 21-22 overall record, including a third place mark of 8-6 within the Little East Conference. The 21 victories marked the most by a Corsair squad since the 2004 season. UMass Dartmouth defeated UMass Boston and nationally-ranked Southern Maine in the 2014 Little East Baseball Championship tournament before suffering one-run losses to No. 16 Eastern Connecticut and No. 12 Southern Maine to end the campaign.