2018 Freshman All-American (Perfect Game, D1 Baseball, Collegiate Baseball, Baseball America)
2018 Freshman All-SEC
SEC Co-Freshman of the Week (April 2, 2018)
2018 Second-Team All-Louisiana
Talented pitcher that worked in LSU's weekend starting rotation in 2018 and primarily as a reliever in 2019 ... has loose arm action with a very good 12-to-6 curveball that displays a lot of bite ... also has a good downhill angle with his fastball because of his overhand delivery ... fastball sits in the upper 80s and touches the low 90s, and numbers could get higher as his body develops ... capped off his high school career by leading Central High School (located just north of Baton Rouge) to the 2017 state championship.
Appeared in 21 games (six starts), recording an 0-4 mark and a 5.32 ERA with 57 strikeouts in 44 innings ... worked 4.2 relief innings vs. Mississippi State (May 22) in the SEC Tournament, allowing one earned run on five hits with two walks and a season-high eight strikeouts ... solid outing in a start against Ole Miss (May 3), working four innings and limiting the Rebels to two runs on six hits with no walks and four strikeouts ... effective in a relief outing at Alabama, allowing one run on one hit in three innings with one walk and four strikeouts ... recorded five strikeouts in 4.1 innings at Missouri (April 14), having to come off the bench in the first inning to replace starter Zack Hess after Hess suffered a pulled groin muscle ... fired three perfect innings on April 3 versus South Alabama, recording no walks and five strikeouts ... recorded two shutout innings at Texas (March 3), allowing no hits with one walk and three strikeouts.
Appeared in 17 games (12 starts), posting a 9-5 record and a 3.79 ERA in 76.0 innings with 31 walks and 70 strikeouts ... finished the season No. 6 in the SEC in wins with nine ... began his collegiate career by firing 17 consecutive scoreless innings; did not allow a run until the first inning of a start vs. Missouri on March 18 ... defeated Auburn on May 18, outdueling Casey Mize, the No. 1 selection in the 2018 MLB Draft ... Hilliard limited Auburn to two runs on seven hits in 7.1 innings with two walks and seven strikeouts, firing 97 pitches ... defeated fifth-ranked Ole Miss (April 27), limiting the Rebels to one run on four hits through seven innings with three walks and six strikeouts, leading LSU to a 5-2 win ... he allowed one run against Ole Miss in the bottom of the first inning and then fired six straight shutout innings to complete his outing, firing 107 pitches; Hilliard retired 16 of the final 19 batters he faced, including the last seven in a row ... posted a win over Tennessee on April 14, working six innings and limiting the Vols to three runs on five hits with one walk and six strikeouts ... named SEC Co-Freshman of the Week on April 2 after delivering a brilliant outing on March 31 versus Mississippi State, firing six shutout innings and allowing just three hits with two walks and a career-high nine strikeouts ... pitched brilliantly on March 25 at Vanderbilt, but suffered a 1-0 loss in a seven-inning game – pitched six innings, limiting the Commodores to one run on four hits with one walk and eight strikeouts; Vanderbilt's only run scored on a passed ball ... defeated Missouri on March 18 in his first career SEC start, working six innings ... Hilliard gave up two runs in the first inning to end his consecutive scoreless innings streak at 17, but he then blanked Mizzou over the next five innings ... Hilliard fired 91 pitches in the outing and limited Missouri to two runs on six hits with one walk and six strikeouts ... earned a win on March 11 in his first collegiate start, defeating Hawaii by working 5.1 scoreless innings and allowing just three hits with two walks and three strikeouts.
Prior to LSU
Three-time all-district pitcher at Central High School; led the Wildcats to the 2017 state championship ... 2017 Baton Rouge Metro Player of the Year ... 2017 first-team all-state and all-metro selection ... participated in the 2017 Louisiana High School Athletic Association All-Star game ... posted a 7-4 record and a 1.09 ERA in his senior season, allowing just nine earned runs in 57.2 innings ... recorded 30 walks and 71 strikeouts ... fired a three-hitter in Central High's state semifinal win over Sam Houston High.
Full name is Ma'Khail Johnathan Hilliard ... parents are Keith and Lisa Hilliard ... has two older siblings, Jabori and Christian ... on choosing to attend LSU – “I love the atmosphere, the coaches and the chance that I have to become a better baseball player.” ... majoring in interdisciplinary studies at LSU ... born August 25, 1998, in Baton Rouge, La.
Hilliard's LSU Career Highs
Innings: 7.1 at Auburn (5/18/18)
Strikeouts: 9 vs. Mississippi State (3/31/18)
Hits Allowed: 8 at South Carolina (4/21/18)
Runs: 8 at South Carolina (4/21/18)
Earned Runs: 8 at South Carolina (4/21/18)
Walks: 5 vs. Alabama (5/12/18)