WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Gallaudet University Athletics Department recently announced the two recipients of the Bison of the Month for March and both are first-time winners this season. Baseball freshman William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) and softball sophomore Alicia Johnson (San Jose, Calif.) were selected for their outstanding play on the diamond.
Bissell played in all 17 games for the Bison in the month of March as the Buff and Blue posted a 6-11 record that included a 5-0 run to begin the month. The red-shirt freshman outfielder and pitcher had his biggest impact on the team’s success at the plate by hitting for both average and power. He collected 22 hits in 52 at-bats for a .423 batting average and had six multi-hit games for the Bison this month. His 12 extra base hits included seven doubles, two triples and three home runs, contributing to a .808 slugging percentage (SLG) for the month. He also demonstrated solid patience and a good eye at the plate by racking up 12 walks and striking out only nine times for a .538 on base percentage. He also contributed 14 runs, 22 RBI and eight stolen bases. In the field, Bissell had 54 putouts and three assists while committing only two errors. Arguably his biggest game came against Stevenson on March 9, when he totaled five RBI and two runs scored on three hits and a walk.
"Billy has done everything we have expected of him and beyond.
He has played great defense, hit the ball very well and has helped
carry the team," said Gallaudet coach Curtis
Pride. "Billy has a very bright future."
Johnson played in eight of the Bison’s nine games in March, appearing as both a pitcher and an outfielder. The 5-foot-7 sophomore hammered the ball all month long as she amassed a .379/.394/.621 batting line (AVG/OBP/SLG) on two walks and 11 hits that included a double and two home runs. She also added 10 runs, 13 RBI and a stolen base. In the field, she contributed 14 putouts and seven assists while committing only a single error. Perhaps even more promising, Johnson established herself as a solid young pitcher for the Bison in March. She appeared in two games where she racked up 10 strikeouts and allowed only five hits. Johnson pitched all five innings in a 16-5 victory over St. Paul’s College in the second game of their doubleheader on March 28.
“She makes a huge difference when she is in the field and always gives an 110 percent effort on defense,” said Gallaudet coach Joseph Kolcun. “She's a humble player but always shows her best on the field.” But perhaps the best has yet to come as Kolcun went onto say; “Her maturity and skills will definitely improve in the next two years. I am excited about that!”
The April Bison Athletes of the Month, the last one of the athletic season, will be announced in early May.
2010-11 Gallaudet University Bison of the Month
- February: Brandon McMillan (MB), Carlisle Robinson (WSWIM)
- January: Brian Bennett (MSWIM), Easter Faafiti (WB)
- December: Easter Faafiti (WB), Layton Seeber (MB)
- November: Brian Bennett (MSWIM), Paige Johnson (VB)
- October: Joshua Doudt (FB), Virginia Keeler (WSOC)
- September: Abdul Al-Makura (MSOC), Paige Johnson (VB)