CENTERVILLE, Mass. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced its players of the week for the week ending April 6 and Gallaudet University senior catcher Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) was named Division III Upstate Player of the Week and senior pitcher Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.) was named the Division III Upstate Pitcher of the Week. This is Gallaudet's first ECAC honors this season. This is Hicks' first ECAC honor and Holsworth's second, as he was named ECAC South Co-Pitcher of the Week last season (04/30/13). The pair swept the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Player of the Week awards on Monday.
Hicks had a strong week as he posted a .524 batting average (11-for-21) and blasted four home runs, one triple, eight runs and 15 RBI as the Bison went 4-2. In a three-game series with conference foe Lancaster Bible he batted .750 (8-for-12), six runs, three home runs, 10 RBI and four walks. He has hit four home runs in three of his last four games. He has hit safely and recorded at least one RBI in his past eight games. He leads the NEAC in home runs (seven), triples (four), RBI (46), total bases (66) and walks (16).
Holsworth posted a 2-0 record and a 0.64 ERA as he pitched back-to-back complete games against conference foes. Holsworth carried a no-hitter into the seventh inning against Cazenovia College last Monday but lost the bid with a bloop single to left field as he finished with an one-hitter. He followed that performance with an 11-1 victory at Lancaster Bible last Sunday as he allowed one run and three hits in seven innings. In both games last week he had six strikeouts. Holsworth now leads the conference in wins (six), strikeouts (49), complete games (three), shutouts (two), innings pitched (54) and games started (eight) for the Bison, who improved to 17-9 overall and 5-1 in NEAC play.
About the ECAC
The ECAC is the nation's largest athletic and the only multi-divisional conference in the country with approximately 300 Division I, II, and III colleges and universities. The ECAC stretches from Maine to North Carolina and westerly to Illinois. Established in 1938, the ECAC, a non-profit service organization, sponsors nearly 100 championships in 37 men's and women's sports and assigns more than 4,400 officials in 12 sports. The ECAC also administers nine affiliate sports organizations and six playing leagues, and through the public relations arm of the conference, more than 2,000 student-athletes are recognized annually. Finally, the ECAC serves as the primary conference for select members in the sports of men's ice hockey, women's ice hockey, and men's lacrosse. For more information about the ECAC please visit its website www.ecac.org.