Veteran player who will give the pitching staff depth out of the bullpen ... Will be used in short relief ... One of the team's best fielding pitchers ... Coaching staff will count on him for leadership on and off the field ... Good size and strength ... Throws hard ... Good breaking pitch ... Dean's List ... Conference USA Academic Medalist
2004 (r-Jr.): Made 24 appearances out of the bullpen ... Posted a 1-1 record with a 4.25 ERA in 29.2 innings pitched ... Struck out 20, walked 19 and earned three saves ... Posted his third save against UAB in the Conference USA Tournament (5/29), pitching 2.0 innings, giving up one walk and striking out two ... Pitched 1.2 innings of relief against the College of Charleston in the NCAA Regional Tournament (6/4), giving up one hit, one walk and striking out two ... Pitched a season-high 3.0 innings, giving up one hit to register his first save of the season at Louisiana Tech (2/29) ... Picked up his second save of the season against Eastern Illinois (3/12), pitching 1.1 innings, giving up one walk and striking out one ... Threw 2.0 innings at Ole Miss, giving up three hits and striking out two ... Pitched 2.0 innings against TCU (4/2), giving up one hit, one walk and striking out two ... Threw 1.1 innings against Louisville (5/8), giving up two hits and striking out one
2003 (r-So.): Appeared in 24 games ... Posted a 4-1 record with a 2.45 ERA in 33 innings pitched ... Has two saves and combined in two shutouts ... Struck out 24 batters, walked 12 and opponents hit .250 against him ... Member of the bullpen that helped the Golden Eagles post a record of 35-2 when the team was leading after the sixth inning ... Only gave up four extra base hits (three doubles and one home run) in 124 at bats ... Did not surrender an earned run in his last 11 appearances ... In conference games only, he was 3-1, had a 3.55 ERA and posted one save in 12.2 innings pitched ... Struck out seven, walked six and opponents had a .245 batting average against him ... Threw 3.1 innings of scoreless relief in the NCAA regional tournament, surrendering two hits and striking out three ... Gave up one hits in 2.0 innings and struck out three against Southern (5/31) ... Pitched an inning of scoreless relief against Tulane in the championship game of the Conference USA Tournament (5/25), giving up two hits, two walks and striking out one ... Collected save against Mississippi State (4/23), going 2.2 innings with two strikeouts ... Started season with win against McNeese State (2/16), pitching four innings, giving up three hits, one run, two walks and three strikeouts ... Pitched two innings against South Alabama (2/23) and recorded three hits and four strikeouts ... Picked up a save at Louisville in game one of the series (3/21), pitching two-thirds of an inning, giving up two hits and striking out one ... 2002 (r-Fr.): Saw limited time, making four appearances ... Posted an 0-0 record with a 7.04 ERA in 7.2 innings pitched ... Struck out six batters and walked five ... Gave up one hit and struck out one in an inning against New Orleans (4/10) ... Pitched 3.2 innings against Mississippi State (4/16), giving up one earned run on three hits, walking four and striking out five
2001 (Fr.): Redshirted
Prep: Four-year letterwinner for Coach Sam Abney at Slidell High School ... For his career, he finished with a 20-5 record and hit .364 ... Helped lead Slidell to the state tournament semifinals twice (1997, 2000) and quarterfinals once (1998) ... An all-state honorable-mention selection ... Three-time All-St. Tammany Parish selection ... 2000 district co-most valuable player ... Three-time all-district honoree ... Honor roll ... Graduated with honors ... Summer Ball: Played four years for the Slidell American Legion team (1997-00) ... Also played for the Bill Hood Broncos (2000) ... 1999 American Legion state champions
Personal: Son of Rickey and Gay Nicholas ... Second of three children ... Graduated in May with a bachelor's degree in coaching and sport administration ... Currently working on his master's degree in sport administration ... Born May 5, 1982.