24 Tyler Hickernell
24 Tyler Hickernell
Height: 6-3
Weight: 215
Year: Senior
Hometown: Thomasville, N.C.
High School: Wesleyan Acadamy
Previous College: Guildford Tech CC
Position: RHP
Bats/Throws: R/R

2012JUNIOR SEASON: Tyler was expected to play a major role on the mound as well as offensively in 2012; however, he suffered a broken bone in his left hand in the Rams 7th game of the season which shut him down from swinging the bat the rest of the season……..after missing almost 6 weeks, Tyler was able to come back and help the Rams on the mound by finishing the season with a 2.97 ERA, going 3-1 in 36.1 innings pitched……..struck out 31 opposing hitters while walking only 13……..his .217 opposing batting average against was second best on the team…….. Tyler was spectacular in earning the victory in the opening round game of the CIAA conference tournament against fourth seeded St. Augustine’s College in 2012……that performance alone landed him a spot on the 2012 All CIAA tournament team as a pitcher.  2012 HIGHLIGHTS:  Tyler earned the no decision in a tough extra innings loss to # 7 nationally ranked Millersville University on 2/12/12 allowing only 3 earned runs with 5 strikeouts over 6 quality innings of work……..earned his first conference victory of the season against Elizabeth City State on 4/1/12……..pitched 4 innings of one hit ball with no walks and 3 strikeouts……..picked up the victory in the Rams 25-2 win over Lincoln University on 4/5/12 striking out 5 hitters no walks……..earned the win against St. Augustine’s in the 2012 CIAA conference tournament, repeating his performance in the same tournament from the previous season.  Tyler threw 8 innings, allowing just one hit while striking out 4 Falcon hitters.


2011SOPHOMORE SEASON: Tyler was named to the 2011 CIAA tournament team as a utility player after hitting .429 with 9 hits, 4 doubles and 5 RBI in the tournament as well as earning a pitching win on the mound……..overall, he hit .224 with 34 hits and 23 walks in 152 plate appearances……..led the Rams in homeruns (4) and extra-base hits (16) while being 2nd on the team in RBIs (27)……..not considered a power pitcher, Tyler commanded the strike zone posting a 5-3 record on the mound, walking 17 in 45 innings (2nd best on the team)……….earned a total of 4 conference victories, yet none of his starts were bigger than his start in the first championship game against St. Augustine’s in which Tyler’s pitching performance set the tone for the Rams as they went on to win the conference title defeating St. ‘Augs’ 3-0 in the deciding game 2 contest.  2011 HIGHLIGHTS:  was 1-2 with 2 RBI and 2 walks against Shaw on 2/9/11……..got his first collegiate win vs. St. Andrews on 2/12/11 pitching 3.0 innings giving up 3 runs on 4 hits……..was 1-4 with a double, hit by pitch 2 RBIs and a run scored in a 13-6 win over St. Andrews on 2/13/11……..was 2-5 with a couple of RBI doubles in a DH against Greensboro College on 3/20/11……..had a 2-run home run against Augusta State on 3/23/11……..was 3-4 with a double, 2 RBI and 3 runs scored in a 9-7 win over Selma on 3/24/11……..pitched a complete game shut-out against Elizabeth City on 3/26/11 giving up only 3 hits and striking out 7 batters……..was 2-4 with a home run on 3/29/11 vs. St. Augustines……..was 1-2 with a 2-run home run against Shaw on 4/5/11……..was 1-4 with a double and 3 RBI in an 8-6 win over Virginia State on 4/10/11……..was 4-6 with 3 doubles, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored in a 15-6 win over Virginia State in the CIAA tournament on 4/21/11…….had 3 RBI, 1 walk and scored 3 runs in an 18-12 win over Chowan in the CIAA tournament on 4/22/11……..was 2-4 with a walk at the plate as well as earning the win in the CIAA semi-final game against St. Augustines where he pitched 8.1 innings striking out 4 and walking 3 hitters……..was 2-4 with a double and a run scored vs. St. Augustines in the CIAA championship game on 4/23/11.


2010 FRESHMAN SEASON:  (Guilford Technical Community College):  Tyler batted .299 and drove in 18 runs with 29 hits, 6 doubles, 1 triple and hit 5 home runs in 97 plate appearances. 


HIGH SCHOOL:  was regarded as the 22nd best prospect by Impact Baseball after setting the Wesleyan Academy single season home run record with 13 his junior year……..helped guide the Trojans to conference and state championships in 2008 under head coach Scott Davis………in 2009, he hit .543 with 12 HR, 47 RBI and scored 32 runs in 24 games………named All-Conference 4 times, earned two All-Area selections, was a member of the All-State team, and voted team MVP.  Was high school teammate of Will Myers of the Tampa Bay Rays.  


PERSONAL:  Accounting major……..born 1/28/1990……...son of Kevin and Angela Hickernell……..most memorable sports moment was winning the state championship his junior year of high school, the first in school history………career goal after college is to run his own business………lists how the team “exceeds expectations” as his favorite thing about the WSSU baseball program……..married to the former Meagan Elizabeth Gerber of Kernersville, NC. 


COACH RITSCHE ON HICKERNELL: Tyler’s injury in the first month of the season was a bit of a blow to our right-handed power hitting. Hick did recover though and was able to give us some quality innings on the mound. None of those innings were bigger than his 8 inning, one hit performance against St. Augustine’s in the opening round of the 2012 CIAA conference tournament. With his hand healthy again this year, Tyler could provide some extra fire power offensively, and continue to be an important component to our pitching staff.”