2016: Made a Big South-leading 31 appearances out of the bullpen, while finishing a league-high 26 games…recorded seven saves on the year, second-most in a single season in PC’s Division I era…put together a 2-1 record with a 6.16 ERA in 30.2 innings pitched…recorded 34 strikeouts, most of any reliever on the team…finished off a combined shutout against La Salle on March 5 by striking out the side in a perfect ninth inning…20 of his 31 appearances resulted in scoreless outings…tossed 2.0 innings with a season-high four strikeouts against Wofford in his longest outing of the season to earn the victory in extra innings…earned saves against Towson (Feb. 26), Bowling Green (Mar. 13), The Citadel (Mar. 19), USC Upstate (Apr. 6, May 17), Winthrop (Apr. 9) and Charleston Southern (May 20)
2015: Made 29 appearances as one of PC’s top relievers, tied for second-most appearances on the staff … Held opponents to a .242 batting average, best among Blue Hose pitchers … Compiled a 2-3 record with three saves, tied for most on the team … Pitched 43.2 innings … Earned wins against Holy Cross (3/2) and Clemson (4/1) … Made two starts …. Earned saves against Richmond (3/6), USC Upstate (4/21) and The Citadel (3/12) … Held lefthanded batters to a .205 batting average … Posted an 8.86 strikeout per nine innings ratio and a 1.7 strikeout/walk ratio … Struck out a season-high four at Charleston Southern (5/14) … Threw a season-long 4.2 innings against Campbell (4/4) … Recorded 22 strikeouts in Big South games, second-most on the team, with a .259 opponent batting average.
2014: Made 13 appearances (eighth-most on the team) and started five games… Posted a 5.70 earned run average, second-best in the PC bullpen… Ranked sixth on the pitching staff with 27 strikeouts… Made his first appearance and first start against NC Central (2/19), throwing a season-high seven innings and striking out a season-high nine (fourth-most ever in a PC game and the highest for any Blue Hose this season)… Allowed zero runs in two straight appearances against UNC Asheville (3/15) and Georgia (3/18) and again at the end of the season against UCF (5/11) and Gardner-Webb (5/16)… Struck out five at NC Central (5/6)… Held Wofford (4/23) without a run and a hit in an inning of work… Helped PC to a 7-0 shutout of UNC Asheville on March 15.
High School: Played baseball for four years at Bandys High School in Catawba, N.C., helping the team win a conference and conference tournament championship as a senior... Earned All-Conference recognition... Also played three years of basketball and boasted one of the highest 75 grade point averages at the school.
Personal: Hayden Deal was born on Hickory, N.C., on November 4, 1994... Son of David and Jewel Deal... Chose PC because of the campus and the chance to play baseball... Cites his father as his biggest athletic influence... Major is undeclared.