2012: Appeared in just four games (three in relief) ... Recorded lone start of the season at Old Dominion (Feb. 22) allowing three runs (all earned) on four hits with two walks and a strikeout in 3.0 innings ... Second outing was at Troy (Mar. 7) in relief surrendering two runs (both earned) on one hit with two punch outs in 1.2 innings ... Tossed a scoreless inning of relief against VCU (Mar. 13) ... Final outing was on the road at High Point (Mar. 21) where he allowed one run (unearned) on one hits with a strikeout in one inning.
2011: Appeared in 18 games (one start) ... Allowed 12 runs (10 earned) on 22 hits ... Fanned 21 and walked 11 in 22.0 innings posting a 4.09 ERA ... Lone start of the season was against No. 14 North Carolina (Apr. 27) where he allowed three runs (one earned) on two hits with a pair of walks and one strikeout in a season-high 3.2 innings ... Tied career-high in strikeouts (5) against Elon (Apr. 6) ... Registered multiple strikeouts against No. 10 Virginia (Feb. 25) and Old Dominion (May 17) ... Did not allow a run in 12 of 17 relief appearances ... Tossed at least one inning of work in 12 games in relief with a season-high 2.1 at No. 10 Virginia (Feb. 25) ... Did not allow a run when working the first, second, fifth and sixth innings ... Made one post season appearance working one-third of an inning in the Charlottesville Regional Finals against No. 1 Virginia ... Appeared in five league games (all out of the bull pen) allowing three runs (all earned) on five hits with four strikeouts and four walks in 4.1 innings ... Posted a 3.24 ERA in five games against nationally ranked opponents ... Allowed five runs (three earned) in 8.1 innings with six strikeouts and four walks ... 2011 Summer: Played alongside Jack Reinheimer with the Newport Gulls of the New England Collegiate Baseball League (NECBL) ... Pitched in 12 games out of the bullpen posting an 0-2 record with a 3.60 ERA ... Allowed 12 runs (10 earned) on 24 hits in 24.1 innings ... Struck out 27 while walking 14 ... Sported a 2.59 ERA during the regular season ... Helped Newport to a league-best 29 wins and the Eastern Division title.
2010: Appeared in eight games (four starts) ... Allowed 23 runs (19 earned) on 28 hits ... Fanned 13 and walked nine in 18.2 innings posting a 9.16 ERA ... Made collegiate debut against Pepperdine (Mar. 12) working 3.2 innings of shutout relief with three strikeouts ... Four days later started first career game against Gardner-Webb (Mar. 16) where he notched his first win ... Also made starts against in-state foes High Point (Mar. 23), UNC Wilmington (Mar. 31) and Campbell (Apr. 20) ... Suffered first career loss at Campbell ... Recorded multiple strikeouts three times with career-best five against Gardner-Webb ... Did not allow a run in 3 of 4 relief outings ... Made lone appearance in league action against Southern Miss (May 7) tossing two-thirds of hitless relief ... 2010 Summer: Teamed up with Jake Harris on the Asheboro Copperheads of the Coastal Plain League ... Named Rawlings CPL Pitcher-of-the-Week (July 6) ... Led the team in wins (5), ERA (2.64), IP (58.0), strikeouts (52) and strikeouts looking (19), which was fourth in the league.
D.L. McMichael High School: Drafted in the 40th round of the 2009 Major League Baseball Amateur Draft by the Washington Nationals (pick 1,192) ... Six-time letterwinner (football/4, basketball/2) who guided the Phoenix to back-to back North State 2A Championships ... Under head coach Mike Dalton, helped the Phoenix to a four-year record of 89-21 and 2009 State Championship ... Named North State 2A Player-of-the-Year as a sophomore after posting an 8-1 record on the mound ... Also took home team MVP, all-area, all-conference and all-state honors ... During junior season batted .400 and helped the Phoenix to a return trip to the state playoffs (third round) ... On the hill, posted a 9-3 record with three saves, struck out 108 batters in 66.1 innings while sporting an impressive 1.23 ERA ... Named North State 2A Pitcher-of-the-Year, while being selected to the all-conference and all-tournament squads ... As a senior helped the Phoenix to a 27-6 record ... Named N.C. State 2A Player-of-the-Year ... Earned all state and all conference honors during final season at D.L. McMichael ... Ranked as the No. 22 prospect in North Carolina by Impact Baseball ... Played fall ball at N.C. Baseball Academy under former U.S. Olympian/Major Leaguer Scott Bankhead ... Member of the National Honor Society and Beta Club.
Personal: Full name is Joseph Carlyle Hughes ... Born June 4, 1990 in Greensboro, N.C. ... Son of Bob and Millie Hughes ... Majoring in physical education with a minor in history ... Named to ECU Director of Athletics Honor Roll in Fall of 2012.
CAREER HIGHS - innings pitched: 5.2 vs. Gardner-Webb (3/16/10); strikeouts: 5 (twice, last vs. Elon 4/6/11); walks: 3 vs. Campbell (4/20/10); hits: 9 vs. Gardner-Webb (3/16/10); runs: 8 vs. Campbell (4/20/10); earned runs: 7 vs. Campbell (4/20/10).