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Pickowicz strong in the bullpen for SNHU

Derrick Sylvester isn’t the only former Franklin High pitcher who has overcome some adversity to find success at Southern New Hampshire University. John Pickowicz, who helped sell SNHU to Sylvester after he decided to leave Boston College, also has been on a twisting collegiate path.

As a freshman in 2010, Pickowicz appeared in 11 games for the Penmen, including three starts, and went 2-1 with a 2.35 ERA over 30.2 innings. But he missed the 2011 season with an injury and had to sit out the 2012 season because he didn’t have enough credits. But Pickowicz came back in 2013 to go 3-0 with a 2.14 ERA in 18 appearances and this year he’s posted a 2.19 ERA in six appearances.

“He’s been unbelievable. He’s a bulldog, as tough as they come,” SNHU Coach Scott Loiseau said of Pickowicz. “He and another older guy, Sam Fuller, have really anchored the bullpen. Every time I’ve given (Pickowicz) the ball in his entire career, he’s been good.”

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Unexpected detours and delays have marked Derrick Sylvester’s journey. But the Franklin High graduate likes the place that twisting path has led – Southern New Hampshire University, where he’s the staff ace and a senior leader for the Penmen, who are ranked No. 12 in Division II by the National College Baseball Writers Association. “It definitely could have gone a … 0

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