Hart arrives in Newport coming off an outstanding sophomore campaign at Indiana in which he went 8-2 with a 3.04 ERA in 14 starts. Hart allowed 38 runs (25 earned) on 78 hits with 27 walks and 47 strikeouts in 78.2 innings of work.
A crafty southpaw, Hart was named to the Big Ten All-Freshman team after ranking 10th in the Big Ten with a 3.21 ERA. A member of the weekend rotation, Hart went 5-5 in 15 starts, including one complete game and one shutout. Hart allowed just 37 runs (30 earned) on 91 hits with 30 walks and 53 strikeouts in 84 innings of work.