On Pickel: Veteran catcher and former junior college player; Possesses a wealth of knowledge in handling the staff and managing the game; Will be valuable in that role once again this season.
2004: Started 12 of 27 games and batted .281 (9-for-32); Scored five runs and drove in six; Tallied five walks, 12 strikeouts and a stolen base in his only attempt; Best outing of the year came against West Virginia on April 18; Went 2-for-3 with a pair of runs scored and an RBI; Also walked and laid down a sacrifice bunt; Batted .250 (4-for-16) in 15 Big East games (six starts).
Young Harris College: Started 52 of 63 games in his two years with the team; Batted .270.
Father Ryan High School: Earned four varsity baseball letters and was an All-State player in 2000; All-Mid State performer in 2000; Member of the National Honor Society and the Dean's List.
Personal: Biology major; Youngest of four sons of Donald and Rita Pickel; Brother, Ken, played baseball for Aquinas Junior College; Born 11/7/82 in Nashville, Tenn.