MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – Gallaudet University baseball standout William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) was selected to the first team of the 2011 All-South Region team as selected by American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA). Bissell was one of four outfielders to make the first team that consisted of 15 players. He is now eligible to be selected to the ABCA All-American team that will be released later this week.
Bissell is the lone freshman on the first team and one of only two to make one of the three All-South Region teams. Bissell, a red-shirt freshman, had his 2010 season cut short due to a season ending injury.
Bissell led Gallaudet to its best season as a program as the Bison recorded a record of 18-24 breaking the program wins mark of 16 set back in 1899. GU made its debut in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) where it posted a winning record (8-6) and was the No. 3 seed in the NEAC West Division tournament. Bissell was named the NEAC West Division Player of the Year and was selected to the all-conference first team.
He led the entire NEAC/North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in seven different statistical offensive categories as of May 24. He was first in batting average (.438), slugging percentage (.711), on base percentage (.547), RBI (41), doubles (15), triples (four) and total bases (91). The freshman was also second in home runs (four), hits (56), fourth in walks (24), sixth in runs (33) and hit by pitch (eight). Bissell was also ranked nationally by the NCAA for Division III in many different categories as of May 22 including on base percentage (10th overall), batting average (22nd), slugging percentage (30th), triples (67th), doubles (71st), total bases (103rd) and RBI (109th). Bissell also swiped 14 bases out of 19 chances as he started all 42 games. In the field he made 124 putouts, collected eight assists and posted a .964 fielding percentage.
Three schools had five players selected to the All-South Region teams including No. 2 ranked Christopher Newport University, No. 4 Shenandoah University and Birmingham-Southern College. Shenandoah's Greg Van Sickler was named Player of the Year for the region while Salisbury University's Chris Greiner was Pitcher of the Year. CNU coach John Harvell took home South Region Coach of the Year honors.
Gallaudet faced four schools this past season that had players on the All-South Region team including CNU, Salisbury, University of Mary Washington and Wesley College. Bissell was the lone representative from the NEAC in this region.