2011: Went 5-2 in his sophomore campaign; finished with a 4.53 ERA in 47.2 innings pitched with 35 strikeouts and 12 walks allowed. 2010: Compiled an impressive rookie year for the Cougars, going 9-2 with a 5.01 ERA and 29 strike outs...received honorable mention All-GPAC honors. Prep: Competed in cross country and baseball for Capital High School (Mont.)...achieved all-state honors in both cross country and baseball. Personal: son of Rod and Sharon Nichols...has two siblings, Katie and Kellea...business administration major and management science minor...spent the summer pitching for the Lehigh Valley Catz of the Atlantic Collegiate Baseball League, where he went 4-3 with a 1.50 ERA...played in the 45th annual ACBL All-Star game.