Tusculum University pitcher Charles Hall has been drafted by the Oakland Athletics in the 33rd round of the 2019 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft.
Hall, a senior right-hander from Dumfries, Virginia, was a two-time All-Southeast Region selection in his two campaigns with the Pioneers and was a consensus All-Region pick this year.
Hall becomes Tusculum’s 31st player to be drafted or sign professionally during the NCAA Division II era of the program (1998-present).
Hall posted a 6-3 record and continues to lead the nation in strikeouts with 148. The 2019 South Atlantic Conference Pitcher of the Year finished the season with a 2.31 earned run average which was the second lowest in the league and 30th in NCAA Division II.
Hall tossed 89.2 innings with two complete games and notched a 14.86 strikeouts per nine innings pitched which is the fourth-best average in the country.
Hall established a new NCAA II national record with his 22 strikeouts against Queens University of Charlotte on Mar, 15, 2019. For his efforts, he was named the NCBWA Division II National Pitcher of the Week. In his 13 starts, he posted 10 or more strikeouts on 10 occasions and was tabbed SAC and Region Pitcher of the Week, twice each.
In his two years at Tusculum, Hall posted a 10-6 record with two saves and a 3.26 ERA which is ninth in the TU record book. His 219 career strikeouts are fourth in school history while pitching in 163 career innings.
Hall is a member of the SAC Commissioner’s Honor Roll, Athletic Director’s Honor Roll, Dean’s List and Charles Oliver Gray Honors List.
Tusculum finished the year with a 30-21 record and tied for third place in the South Atlantic Conference. It marked TU’s 16th season over the last 17 to post 30 or more victories.