Inducted in 2023 Attended Eastwood High School from 1970 to 1974. Lettered three years. Sophomore Year Stats: ERA. 0.76 Batting Average .142 Junior Year Stats: ERA 4.00 Batting Average .181 Senior Year Stats: ERA 1.72 District ERA 0.85 Batting Average .292 Selected to the All-District team with a high school career ERA of 1.01. Connie Mack League summer of 1973: Played for the Eastwood Optimist team and advanced to the Regional Tournament in Van Horn, Texas Connie Mack League summer of 1974: Played for the Eastwood Optimist team and compiled a 3-1 record including the Leagues only no-hitter. Struck out 67 batters in 40 innings and allowed only 21 hits. At season’s end joined the Burges team under Coach Robert Osborne. Played in the Regional Tournament in Lamar, Colorado. Won the South Plains Regional Championship and advanced to the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, NM. Connie Mack League Award– American Amateur Baseball Congress State All-Star Team with 3 win, 3 losses, 48 strikeouts and an ERA of 1.12. Received an athletic scholarship from University of Texas in August 1974. Played for famed Cliff Gustafson (Inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2006) Freshman Year (1975) – Team record of 56 wins and 6 losses. Did not play the Freshman year (Red Shirt Year). The team won the Southwestern Conference and ultimately the NCAA National Championship. Sophomore Year (1976) – Team record of 54 wins and 16 losses. Played 2 games in relief. The team won the Southwestern Conference and lost in the Regional Tournament. Transferred to Lubbock Christian College in 1977 Played for famed Larry Hays (Inducted to the National Baseball Hall of Fame – 2015). Sophomore Year (1977) – Team record of 44 wins and 27 losses. Won the Texoma Athletic Conference. Won the District 8 Tournament, Won the Area 2 Tournament and advanced to the NAIA College World Series in St. Joseph Missouri. This was the first ever World Series appearance for Lubbock Christian. Junior Year (1978) – Team record of 47 wins and 24 losses. Won the Texoma Athletic Conference. Won the District 8 Tournament and came in second in the Area 2 Tournament in Lubbock, TX. Senior Year (1979) – Team Record 42 wins and 24 losses. Won the Texoma Athletic Conference. Won the District 8 Tournament and came in fourth place in the Area 2 Tournament in Phoenix, Arizona. Was awarded the College’s L. D. Hays Award which is awarded to the Outstanding Athlete of the year (1979). Was awarded to the College’s All Decade team of the 1970’s as the left-handed relief pitcher Wife is Janet Ellen McNicol and Son Bradley McNicol
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