A multi-talented athlete who started 108 career games for the Bears at either second base, third base or center field…also had led off the majority of Cal's contests the past two years...has outstanding speed and the skills to be a top player in the Pac-10…
AS A SOPHOMORE (2003): Started 53 games at second base and two in center field, hitting .283 (63-for-223, .310 versus Pac-10) with nine doubles, two triples, a home run and 11 RBI…also led the Bears in stolen bases (13, ninth in Pac-10) and was second on the team with 41 runs…had 20 multiple hit games…finished the season on a seven-game hitting streak from May 3 (15-for-32, .469, 2-2B, 3B, RBI)…went a career-high 4-for-6 with a triple May 4 at Arizona…was 2-for-3 with a home run and two RBI Apr. 26 at Washington…finished 6-for-14 with a double and RBI Mar. 28-30 at Oregon State…went 3-for-5 with an RBI Mar. 21 versus Washington State and 3-for-5 Feb. 4 versus San Francisco…was a career-high 4-for-4 with a double Feb. 1 versus UNLV…
AS A FRESHMAN (2002): Batted .305 (67-for-220, .271 versus Pac-10) with seven doubles, a triple, six home runs and 23 RBI…started 53 games, with 36 starts at third base and 17 starts at center field…led the team in runs scored (46) and stolen bases (10)…went 5-for-11 with a double, two home runs and five RBI Apr. 19-21 at Arizona State…was 4-for-13 with a double and two RBI Apr. 12-14 versus Arizona...went 3-for-13 with two home runs and five RBI Apr. 5-7 versus UCLA…was 4-for-11 with a double Mar. 28-30 at USC...went 6-for-14 with a double and triple Mar. 15-17 at UC Irvine…was 3-for-4 with a double and home run Mar. 20 versus Saint Mary's…went 3-for-5 with two RBI Feb. 12 at Santa Clara...was 6-for-13 with an RBI Feb. 8-10 versus Gonzaga…had the game-winning RBI in the Bears' 5-4 victory over Gonzaga Feb. 10…was a Midseason Freshman All-American in Baseball America…was honorable mention All-Pac-10...
HIGH SCHOOL/PERSONAL: At Esperanza High School was a two-time All-Sunset League selection, helping lead his team to the Sunset League championship as a senior…was a member of the U.S. Junior Olympic Team in 1998 and in the summer of 2001 was a member of both the Southern California All-Star Team and the California All-Star Team…in the summer of 2002 played for the Anchorage Pilots in the Alaska League, batting .239 with four doubles and 14 RBI, helping lead the Pilots to a second place finish at the National Baseball Congress World Series in Wichita, Kansas...majoring in sociology...brother, Tommy, played baseball at Texas and the Chicago White Sox organization…father, Rick, played baseball at Pepperdine...parents are Rick and Carmen Nicholson...born October 22, 1982 in Santa Ana, CA.
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