Jeff Hoffman splashed onto the collegiate season as a true freshman in 2012 where he posted a 3-2 record with a 3.67 ERA in 73.2 innings and 55 strikeouts on his way to Conference USA All-Freshman Team honors.
During his rookie season, Hoffman made 10 starts with six of those coming against instate rivals Elon, North Carolina, NC State (twice) and UNC Wilmington (twice) in midweek action. In his first career start, the Latham, N.Y. native toed the rubber against No. 11 NC State (Mar. 20) working five innings where he allowed four runs (three earned) on five hits with a pair of strikeouts helping East Carolina to a 6-5 win.
A week later he registered his second-straight start against the Wolfpack (Mar. 28) surrendering three runs (all earned) on six hits with two punch-outs in 6.2 innings and didn't factor in the decision, where ECU fell 4-3.
Over his next two outings, Hoffman was dominant tossing 14.1 scoreless innings with 17 strikeouts to just three walks. Against UNCW (Apr. 3) he scattered five hits over 6.1 frames fanning seven in a 5-0 victory, the first of his career. His next outing at Elon (Apr. 10) would be the best of his young career where he struck out a career-best 10 batters over eight innings allowing three hits in 3-2 win earning him C-USA Pitcher-of-the Week honors.
After a rough outing against the Seahawks at home on April 17, where he allowed six runs (all earned) on eight hits with six strikeouts in 4.2 innings, Hoffman rebounded to take the hill at No. 10 North Carolina (Apr. 25). The slinky right-hander tossed seven shutout innings allowing five hits with five strikeouts in a 1-0 setback.
In all, Hoffman posted 1-0 ledger with a 3.11 ERA where he allowed 14 runs (13 earned) on 31 hits with 32 strikeouts to just six walks in his six starts against instate opponents.
Top 10 Moments of the 2012 Baseball Season
2. Hoffman's Performances Against Instate Schools
3. Brandt Tosses Four Complete Games
4. Cotton And Reinheimer vs. UCF (Mar. 25)
5. Timothy Younger Awarded No. 23 Jersey (Jan. 28)
6. Reynolds' Performance At The DRASH Alabama Baseball Classic (Mar. 9-11)
7. Reinheimer Homers On First Pitch Of 2012 Season (Feb. 17)
8. Wooten Claims Triple Crown - Homers In Final At-Bat (June 3)
9. Timothy Younger vs. Houston (Apr. 5-7)
10. Chase McDonald's Play During The 2012 Chapel Hill Regional (June 1-3)