BIRMINGHAM, Ala. – For a third year in a row, Gallaudet University had a representative on the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings Division III All-South region teams. Senior shortstop Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) was selected to the second team at his position. This is Barksdale's first time being named to the ABCA all-region teams and his second honor this month as he was named to the D3baseball.com All-South region second team.
Barksdale was named North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) all-conference first team and earned a NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week honor once (March 4) this past season. He ranks fifth in the nation for triples (seven) and 15th for triples per game (0.17) as the Bison rank 13th as a team for triples (20). Barksdale is also fourth in Division III for walks (34) and seventh for walks per game (0.83), 21st in on base percentage (.509) and 35th in slugging percentage (.654). The senior shortstop leads the NEAC in triples, walks, total bases (87), on base percentage, is second in runs (39), third in RBIs (40), slugging percentage, fourth in doubles (10), assists (102), fifth in hits (51), sixth in home runs (four), plate appearances (171), stolen bases (16), eighth in batting average (.383) and ninth in games (41). Barksdale has started all 41 games for the Bison. He had 14 games with two or more hits and drove in two or more runs in a game on 10 different occasions.
Previous Gallaudet ABCA all-region honorees have included William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) in 2011, '12, first team both years, and William Chapman in 2012, on the third team.
Gallaudet faced four schools this past season that had players on one of the three All-South region teams including Christopher Newport University, Frostburg State University, Salisbury University and Shenandoah University. Barksdale is the only NEAC representative on any of the All-South region teams.
Note: National and NEAC rankings are final