Career:Put the finishing touches on a stellar Purdue career with a sensational senior season ... Purdue’s power hitter, has led the team in doubles, triples and home runs the last two seasons ... has played second base, left field and center field ... has established himself as one of the best centerfielders in Purdue history ... career .317 hitter with 32 home runs and 149 RBI.
2001: A first-team All-Big Ten selection ... started 37 games in center field and 18 as the team’s designated hitter, missing just one game all season ... tied for the team lead with a .369 batting average ... set a new school record with 21 doubles in 2001 ... also led the team with 5 triples and 8 home runs ... he finished his career with seven triples, sixth most in school history, while his 32 career home runs are third most for a Boilermaker career ... led the team in eight offensive categories ... also led with a .651 slugging percentage, a .440 on-base percentage, 54 RBI and 127 total bases ... was fourth on the team with 19 multi-hit games ... led the team with 15 multi-RBI games ... senior season was highlighted by a 14-game hitting streak, which lasted from March 23 to April 14, the same span as the Boilermakers’ 13-game winning streak ... was 26-for-47 (.553) with nine doubles, three triples and four home runs during that 14-game hitting streak ... went 2-for-4 in a 6-5 win over Wake Forest, to close the Coca Cola Classic in Houston, Texas ... drove in three runs in a loss to Illinois State, which included his first home run of the season ... had back-to-back two-hit games at Austin Peay and against Troy State ... went 7-for-10 in the two-game series at Cincinnati, including two doubles and three RBI ... went 2-for-3 with a double and a triple against Minnesota on March 23 ... had a rare inside the park grand slam to spark a Boilermaker rally against the Gophers the next day ... had four consecutive multi-hit games over the Michigan State series and at Ball State on April 4 ... had one of the finest games in Purdue history on April 11, going 5-for-5, hitting for the cycle including a pair of doubles, as well as driving in eight runs ... was 8-for-8 over a two-game span nine RBI and five runs scored, combining his Butler performance with his totals from the final game of the Northwestern series (April 8) ... was perfect in five games, including a 1-for-1 performance vs. Valparaiso, a 3-for-3 performance at Michigan State, in addition to his performances at Butler and Northwestern ... hit his school-record 21st double of the season in his final career at-bat against Michigan ... his 59 doubles rank second all-time.
2000:Named Academic All-Big Ten for a second year in a row, in addition to being named second-team All-Big Ten...also selected to the All-Big Ten Tournament team...started all 58 games for Purdue and was the only player to start every game in the same position (center field)...had an amazing 1.000 fielding percentage with 159 put-outs...in the top-5 for Purdue offense in a team-leading 15 different catagories...led 2000 squad in runs scored (48), doubles (18), home runs (10), total bases (119), sac flies (3), and RBI (43)...finished the season with a .314 batting average, ranking fourth on the team and a .312 conference batting average...eclipsed 1999 output in hits (69) and matched his RBI total (43)...had an incredible game against No. 6 Alabama on March 3, when he went 4-for-4 with a home run and two doubles...matched that hit output at Duke when he went 4-for-6 with four runs scored.
1999: Played in all 54 games, starting 53... had the fifth-highest batting average on the tea, hitting .330 in 194 plate appearances... led the team in runs scored (51), RBI (43) and home runs (11)... added 16 doubles with a total of 64 hits, ending the season with a .593 slugging percentage, the third-highest mark on the team... was a solid performer in the field, notching the squads third-highest fielding percentage with .991... had 20 multi-hit games which was good enough for fourth on the team... had top performance against Princeton (3/15) where he went 4-for-6, including two home runs, and knocked in five... had three hits twice, including a 3-for-5 game against Kent (3/6), which included a double and his first home run of the season... matched his previous two home run game by doing the same against St. Joseph’s (3/23) in a 17-12 win... should be an offensive threat again in the 2000 season.
1998: Played in 36 games, starting 26 games at second base and two in left field ... had a two-run double and a stolen base against Valparaiso (2/27) ... went 3-for-6 with solo home run against Northwestern (4/24) ... hit solo homer against Illinois (5/3) ... hit a three-run home run in 11-4 win over Penn State (Game 1, 5/10).
Hinckley-Finlayson High School: Hit .493 with six home runs and 29 RBI as a senior, while posting an 8-0 record with a 0.40 ERA on the mound ... played baseball and basketball for four years and football for two years ... coached by Pat Riley.
Personal: Parents are Steve and Teri Sickler ... has one brother, Ben ... enjoys rollerblading and fishing ... majoring in mechanical engineering ... one letter.
Sickler's Career Stats
Yr. G-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI SB BB SO AVG
1998 36-28 90 17 21 4 0 3 9 2 8 25 .233
1999 54-54 194 51 64 16 1 11 49 9 16 36 .330
2000 58-58 220 48 69 18 1 10 43 11 17 35 .314
2001 55-55 208 50 72 21 5 8 54 12 21 29 .369
Totals 203-194 712 166 226 59 7 32 149 34 62 125 .317