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NORMAL — The Normal CornBelters announced prior to Saturday's home game with Schaumburg that they had signed former Florida A&M right-hander Thomas Nicoll. The game was still in progress at Pantagraph press time.

Nicoll's signing follows last week's announcement that both Matt Portland and Ryan Lawlor were picked up by Major League Baseball organizations.

This is the second starting pitcher Normal has acquired, with Zach Kirby being the first, coming over on a trade from Florence.

Nicoll spent two years at Florida A&M after transferring from Tallahassee Community College. In his first year as a Rattler, Nicoll appeared in 24 games, all in relief. He posted a 3-3 record with three saves, which was second on the team.

Nicoll also notched a 3.24 ERA with 31 strikeouts in 41⅔ innings. As a senior, he joined the starting rotation and went on to pitch in 15 games.

The Tallahassee native fanned 88 batters in 84⅔ innings, which were both team-leading totals. His last season was highlighted by a complete game shutout of North Carolina Central. He allowed four hits and struck out 11.

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Contact Randy Sharer at (309) 820-3405. Follow him on Twitter: @PG_sharer

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