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GU's William Bissell named NEAC West Division Player of the Year, four Bison honored on all-conference teams

GU's William Bissell named NEAC West Division Player of the Year, four Bison honored on all-conference teams

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) released its 2011 baseball all-conference awards on Friday and Gallaudet University freshman William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) was named West Division Player of the Year and selected to the first team. Gallaudet had four honorees as three Bison made the second team in addition to the one first team selection. This is Gallaudet's fifth NEAC Player of the Year award this academic year in the debut season for the Bison in the conference.

Senior Zane Noschese (Pittsburgh, Pa.) was one of two pitchers named to the all-conference second team for the West Division. Junior outfielder William Chapman (Los Angeles, Calif.) and sophomore shortstop Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) were the other All-NEAC second team honorees for the Buff and Blue.

Bissell had quite the season for the Bison as he rebounded from a season-ending injury in 2010 after seeing action in eight games. He led the entire NEAC/North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in eight different statistical offensive categories as of April 26. He was first in batting average (.461), slugging percentage (.765), on base percentage (.574), hits (53), RBI (41), doubles (15), triples (four) and total bases (88). The freshman was also second in home runs (four), walks (24), fourth in runs scored (32) and fifth in hit by pitch (eight). Bissell was also ranked nationally by the NCAA for Division III in many different categories as of April 24 including on base percentage (8th overall), slugging percentage (10th), batting average (19th), doubles (27th), triples (36th), RBI (37th) and total bases (43rd). Bissell also swiped 14 bases out of 19 chances as he started all 39 games. In the field he made 115 putouts, collected eight assists and posted a .961 fielding percentage.

Barksdale started all 39 games for the Bison and led the conference in at bats (139), second in doubles (12), third in runs (35), fourth in total bases (62), fifth in total plate appearances (153), sixth in hits (43), seventh in stolen bases (15), eighth in RBI (24), 10th in slugging percentage (.446). Among the Bison he was first in at bats, runs, stolen bases, and assists in the field (90) and fielding percentage (.986). He batted .309 which is fourth on the team. Nationally, Barksdale was ranked for doubles (90th), runs (113th) and stolen bases (119th).

Chapman, a transfer from University of California Santa Barbara was second on the team in batting average (.388) in his debut season for the Bison where he started 38 games. In the conference he was third in hits (45), hit by pitch (11), fourth in on base percentage (.483), RBI (33), runs (32), total bases (62), fifth in batting average (.388), slugging percentage (.534), sixth in total plate appearances (143) and ninth in at bats (116). Chapman was ranked nationally for three offensive categories including hit by pitch (51st), doubles (90th) and runs batted in (108th). The right-hander also took to the mound 12 different times, started eight games, and posted a 1-5 record with a 5.19 ERA. He led the team with 33 strikeouts in 50.1 innings as opponents batted .260 against him.

Noschese made great strides during his senior season from last year as he greatly improved his pitching and batting numbers. He was the top pitcher for the Bison as he posted a 6-1 record as he appeared in 12 games, started eight, and hurled 51.2 innings. Noschese posted a team best 3.31 ERA, pitched the team's only shutout and completed five games. In the conference he ranked second in wins (six), fifth in appearances (12), seventh in innings pitched (51.2) and ninth in earned run average (3.31). His six wins was ranked 42nd overall in Division III.

He finished third on the team in batting with a .350 average and was fourth in runs (30), hits (36) and second with 14 stolen bases. In the conference he was sixth in walks (19), seventh in on base percentage (.459) and runs (30). Noschese was named NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week on April 11.

Gallaudet played the most regular-season games in the NEAC West Division with 39 while Husson University played 40 games to lead the NEAC East Division.

SUNYIT coach Kevin Edick was named NEAC West Division Coach of the Year as his Wildcats and Penn St.-Abington shared the regular-season trophy as both tied with 12-2 conference records. Abington had a conference best seven players named to one of the three All-NEAC teams followed by six selections for SUNYIT.

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2011 Gallaudet University Baseball All-NEAC West Division Honorees

William Bissell headshot




Tommy Barksdale headshot






William Bissell
NEAC Player of the Year
All-NEAC First Team





Tommy Barksdale
All-NEAC Second Team

           
           
William Chapman headshot
        Zane Noschese headshot
           

William Chapman
All-NEAC Second Team

        Zane Noschese
All-NEAC Second Team