DALLAS – The National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA) released its weekly NCAA Division III National Players of the Week awards fon April 10 and Gallaudet University senior catcher Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) was selected as National Hitter of the Week for the first time in his career. Hicks had been a honorable mention selection for the NCBWA National Hitter of the Week for two consecutive weeks (March 6 and March 13) earlier this season.
Hicks is the first Gallaudet batter to earn NCBWA National Hitter of the Week honors. Sophomore Danny O'Donnell (Olney, Md.) was named the NCBWA Division III National Pitcher of the Week on March 27, the first in program history.
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). Hicks was named the NEAC Baseball Student-Athlete of the Week and the Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Upstate Player of the Week earlier this week.
SUNY Maritime's Trevor Cannella was picked as the NCBWA Division III National Pitcher of the Week as voted on by a panel of Division III members of NCBWA. Gallaudet junior pitcher Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.) was a honorable mention selection.
Holsworth, like Hicks was honored by the NEAC and ECAC earlier this week, 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.
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