According to a release from Cal State Fullerton baseball, RHP Phill Bickford has decided to leave the Titans program to continue his baseball career elsewhere. Bickford went 6-3 with a 2.13 ERA in 20 appearances including ten starts with Fullerton in the 2014 season. He spent the summer in the Cape Cod League with the Yarmouth-Dennis Red Sox where he made 14 appearances (1 start) with a 1-1 record and an ERA of 2.25 while serving as the closer accumulating eight saves.
Cal State Fullerton coach Rick Vanderhook released the following statement on the loss of Bickford.
“I was shocked and obviously disappointed. In my experience, when a student-athlete makes a decision to go to college and play baseball on scholarship, it behooves him to stay in school until after his junior year as typically his market value increases. That said, everyone has decisions to make, and we wish Phil luck in his future athletic endeavors.”
It is expected that Bickford will join an Independent or a JuCo program this fall to make himself eligible for the 2015 MLB Draft.