Fourth-year lefthander who is coming of an all-star summer season with the Waynesboro (Va.) Generals of the Valley League, where he played alongside current Notre Dame junior DH Matt Bransfield ... could make greater contributions among group of 2005 pitchers that includes the most LHPs on one staff in the 11-year Paul Mainieri era (also junior Tom Thornton, sophomores Mike Dury and Matt Whittington, freshmen David Gruener and Wade Korpi) ... made good strides in 2003 fall and winter workouts, with improvements to his overall mechanics and development of a tough breaking ball ... has a projectable 6-5, 160-pound frame and a loose arm ... could make impact on 2005 season if he continues to pitch within his element ... owns 5.65 ERA in nine career appearances with the Irish (1-0 record, 14.1 innings, 15 hits allowed, 7 walks, 15 strikeouts, .259 opponent batting avg., wild pitch, hit batter) ... pitched in Valley League all-star game while turning in strong '04 summer with Waynesboro (2.05, 2-1, save, 18 GP, 30.2 IP, 23 H, .197 opp. avg., 47 Ks, 11 BB, 2 WP, 6 HB, allowed just single home run) ... also pitched for the Generals in summer of '03 (3.00, 12 GP, 1-0, 18 IP, 16 Ks, 5 BB, 16 H, .222 opp. avg.) while playing alongside his classmate and corner infielder Matt Edwards ... two of his former prep summer-league teammates - Seton Hall's Mike Santmyer and Villanova's Alan Day (both are senior OF/RHP) - play in the BIG EAST Conference while his former Waynesboro teammate Jake Haggerty is a senior RHP at SHU ... played during summer of '02 with the Delaware (Ohio) Cows of the Great Lakes League ... became 12th all-time Notre Dame baseball letterwinner from Maryland, following classmate Brent Weiss and recent first baseman Jeff Felker as third to play for the Irish during the Paul Mainieri era ... inherited No. 33 jersey worn by several noteworthy former players at Notre Dame, including two-time All-America catcher Elmer Kohorst (`55-'57) and righthander Stan Konopka ('51-'53).
WITH THE IRISH: Logged a pair of scoreless outings as a junior in 2004, seeing action in 10-2 win over Hillsdale (2.0 IP, H, BB, K) and 15-5 game with Chicago State (2 BB) ... made one appearance as a sophomore in '03, throwing 2.0 innings in 15-5 win over Detroit (4 H, 4 R, 3 BB, 2 Ks) ... logged six relief appearances in '02, winning only decision with 4.35 ERA, 12 Ks and just one walk in 10.1 IP (10 H, .250, HR) ... pitcher of record in 10-9 win over Central Michigan (2.2 IP, 3 H, 2 R, K) ... made debut in April 3 doubleheader vs. Valparaiso (2 IP, 3 Ks; 12-1) ... pitched in BIG EAST win over Pittsburgh (1.2 IP, 2 H, 2 Ks; 12-2) ... added shutout inning vs. Toledo (K; 15-4) ... posted 5 Ks in 10-3 win over Rochester (3 IP, 2 R, 2 H, BB) ... faced three batters in final inning of 12-5 NCAA Super Regional loss at Florida State (3 H, R) ... made pinch-hit appearance in '02 win over Detroit (23-1).
PREP & PERSONAL: Four-year letterwinning pitcher/first baseman at Northern High School, earning all-conference, all-county and Washington Post All-Extra honors in final three seasons ... a Washington Post honorable mention all-metro pick as a senior ... twice team MVP and senior captain ... totaled 58 Ks in 50 IP as senior (2.52, 4-3, led team in RBI) ... pitched just 38 innings due to illness as junior (3.90, 2-3, 51 Ks, 21 BB), earning honorable mention all-conference and all-county ... posted 1.78 ERA, 6-2 record as sophomore on 17-5 team (55 Ks, 27 BB, 51 IP, 2nd on team with .350 batting) ... received NHS Sportsmanship Award for all male student-athletes ... three-year member of Maryland Orioles under-18 and u-22 teams ... posted 44 Ks in 49 IP (2.71, 8-1) while batting .393 for 2000 summer team that won 4th of July Tournament (Greensboro, N.C.) and Bandits Showdown (Bellefonte, Pa.) ... went 9-2 in summer of '99 (3.13, 56 IP, 54 Ks, 19 BB) ... played in High School World Series (summer 2000; Euclid, Ohio) ... participated in '99 Team One Showcase (Clemson), Super 7 Series (Marietta, Ga.) and '00 East Coast Showcase (Wilmington, N.C.) ... pitched for Orioleanders in fall of 2000 ... received Maryland Optimist Youth Appreciation Award ('01), Superintendent Scholastic Award and U.S. Army Scholar-Athlete Award ... member of National Honor Society ... nominated for National Youth Leadership Forum on Law ... father Mark Bickford was a pitcher at Salisbury (Md.) State ... born Jan. 6, 1983, in Owings, Md. ... son of Mark and Denise Bickford ... full name is Scott Edward Bickford ... a management information systems major in the Mendoza College of Business.
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