CENTERVILLE, Mass. – Gallaudet University senior catcher Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) was named the 2014 Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Baseball Upstate Player of the Year. Hicks and senior outfielder William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) were both first team All-Star selections. This is Hicks' first ECAC postseason honors while Bissell earns his second first-team honor to go with his 2011 appearance.
These awards are just the latest for Hicks and Bissell, who have garnered other recognition within the past month. The two ECAC All-Star selections gives Gallaudet's baseball program four honors since 2011.
Hicks, the 2014 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Baseball Player of the Year, had a career season where he batted .401, 57 hits, 62 RBI, 38 runs, eight home runs, six doubles, six triples, 27 walks and 16 stolen bases in 42 games started. Hicks became the school's first D3baseball.com All-American when he was named to the second team after being an All-South region first team honoree. He also earned American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA) All-South region second team honors. Hicks earned the school's first National College Baseball Writers Association Division III National Hitter of the Week award on April 10 after being a two-time honorable mention honoree earlier in the season (March 6, March 13). He was a three-time NEAC Player of the Week this season (March 3, March 10, April 7) and an ECAC Division III Upstate Player of the Week on April 8. He hit for the cycle in his first four at-bats back on March 1 and was a double shy of a second cycle a week later. In 13 different games Hicks had two or more RBI and in 13 consecutive games he had at least one RBI. He also hit five home runs in a seven-game stretch. He is second in NCAA Division III for RBI per game (1.48) and third for RBI (62), he is also in the Top 25 in the nation for triples (6), on base percentage (.519), home runs (8) and slugging percentage (.697). He led the NEAC in RBI, walks and second in triples, home runs, stolen bases, on base percentage, total chances (265) and slugging percentage (.697). Hicks was previously selected to the 2013 All-NEAC second team and 2012 All-NEAC first team.
Bissell is a three-time All-NEAC first team honoree (2011, '12, '14) and a two-time NEAC Player of the Year (2011, '12). He is ranked 12th in Division III for triples (7) and 15th for triples per game (0.18). Bissell led the NEAC in triples and was third in walks (25), RBI (41) and fourth in hits (59), total bases (85), runs (45), on base percentage (.481) and plate appearances (187). The senior outfielder ranks fifth in the conference in fielding percentage (.989), only had one error all season, and was fifth in batting average (.386) and home runs (3). He had two or more hits in 19 different games, had two or more RBI in 11 different games and pieced together a 13-game hitting streak during the season. He was named to the ABCA All-South region second team this season, marking his third appearance on this all-region team. He joined Hicks on the D3baseball.com All-South region team as he was picked to the second team.
Gallaudet was one of two NEAC teams to be listed on the ECAC Division III Upstate Baseball All-Star teams as Penn St.-Abington's Tom Ditro was selected to the second team as a utility player.
Note: National rankings, NEAC rankings are final
About the selection process
ECAC All-Stars, Players of the Year and Rookies of the Year are eligible if selected as their primary conference's award winner or all-conference first team selection. ECAC membership coaches voted on the teams and major award winners.
About the ECAC
The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) is the nation's largest athletic conference and only multi-divisional conference, with 287 member institutions and over 122,000 student-athletes ranging from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois. The ECAC publicizes the achievements of over 750 student-athletes annually through the postseason all-stars programs. For more information about the ECAC please visit its website www.ecac.org.
Gallaudet's ECAC All-Star Selections
2014: William Bissell (First Team)
2014: Casey Hicks* (First Team)
2013: Tommy Barksdale (Second Team)
2011: William Bissell (First Team)
* = Upstate Player of the Year