FORMER HAWK BASEBALL STANDOUT SIGNS PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT

Jan. 13, 2003

12/18/2002 - "FORMER HAWK BASEBALL STANDOUT SIGNS PROFESSIONAL CONTRACT"

"CHUCK GOES PRO"

CRESTWOOD, IL- Charles "Chucky" Pickard, a former baseball standout for the University of Maryland Eastern Shore recently signed a professional contract with the Cook County Cheetahs of the Frontier League. The Cheetahs finished third in the West Division of the league last season.

Pickard signed a one-year contract that will begin in May and last until March of 2004 with an option for an extra season. Pickard will report to spring training early in 2003.

Chucky was a standout at UMES; he was named the 2002 Athlete of the Year, an award voted on by administration and coaches. He was also named first-team All-MEAC his junior year and was known for his athleticism. He was a three-sport athlete for UMES as well. Participating not only in baseball, but indoor and outdoor track. He owns the UMES record for the javelin as well as the longest home run in school history.

"Pickard was a pure athlete on the diamond," Head Baseball Coach Kirkland Hall said. "He played shortstop for me because of his quick reflexes and speed. He can play, anywhere, however. He is natural outfielder, can catch, or even pitch if necessary. He is a great addition to any club," he added.

Pickard batted .350 last seasons for the Hawks, second on the team. He was the only Hawk to play and start all 40 games. In 120 at bats he recorded team highs with 28 RBIs, a .525 slugging percentage, three homeruns, 42 hits, and eight doubles. He is currently pursuing a Master's Degree at UMES.