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Batted .193 with two home runs and 14 RBI... recorded a .995 fielding percentage with 327 put outs, 43 assists, and threw out 19 of 28 base stealers...
Enjoyed a solid freshman season as ORU’s primary catcher … played in 52 games with 47 starts, all at catcher … his 47 starts were the most by a freshman position player since Eric Thornton in 2002 (55) … showed consistent defensive improvement as the season progressed … threw out just over 30 percent of would-be base stealers for the year, including 43 percent (9-21) from April 9 thru season’s end … committed 17 passed balls but was charged with just two in his final 16 contests … batted .286 with three home runs and 17 RBI … posted .328-3-10 numbers in Summit League games … produced eight multi-hit games, including a 5-for-6, 3-RBI effort at IPFW (April 30) … knocked in two or more runs five times … homered, scored three times and knocked in three runs as part of 2-for-4 game at Southern Utah (April 15) … went 7-for-12 with two home runs and five RBI in three straight games from April 11-15 … knocked in a pair of runs in Summit League championship game victory over South Dakota State … had a hit in each of his NCAA Regional starts (vs. Oklahoma, Cal) … also threw out a pair of runners against Oklahoma.
2009 graduate of Eaton HS in Eaton, Colo. ... selected in the 15th round of the 2009 MLB Draft by the Atlanta Braves ... helped lead EHS to back-to-back 3A state championships, including a 25-0 mark his senior year ... named first-team All-State as a senior and All-Colorado by the Denver Post ... batted .603 as a senior with 11 doubles, four home runs and 33 RBI ... posted a .795 on-base percentage ... three-time all-conference selection ... helped lead Greeley GoJo Sports to the 2009 American Legion state championship by hitting .416 with 10 home runs and 60 RBI in 54 games ... also lettered in basketball, and graduated third in his class.
Full name is Bennett Jay Pickar ... born Sept. 14, 1990 ... son of Jay and Joy Pickar ... Engineering major ... comes from an athletic family .. sister, Haley, was a gymnast at Utah State and brother, Brandon, played baseball and Denver ... chose ORU over Cal State-Northridge, Nebraska and Northern Colorado.