WASHINGTON – The Gallaudet University Athletics Department announced the two recipients of the Bison of the Month presented by Gallaudet Interpreting Services (GIS) for April. Sophomore baseball pitcher Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.) and junior hurdler Mariah Ransom (Snellville, Ga.) were selected as the Bison student-athletes for the month.
Holsworth had a 1.24 ERA for the month of April with three wins and one loss in four starts. Holsworth had 24 strikeouts and held batters to a .227 batting average. Holsworth also started four games in the outfield. At the plate Holsworth had a double, two RBI and a run scored. Holsworth earned NEAC Baseball Pitching Student-Athlete of the Week on April 29 and ECAC Division III South Co-Pitcher of the Week honors on April 30.
"Brandon has come a long way from last year," said Gallaudet coach Curtis Pride. "He has been our best and most consistent pitcher this year. It is nice to see that all the hard work he has put in prior to the start of the season is paying off."
Ransom finished second in the 100-meter hurdles (16.24 seconds) and was fourth in the 400-meter hurdles (1:11.48) on April 6 at the Jim Taylor Invitational. On April 13, Ransom placed second in the 100-meter hurdles with a time of 15.13 seconds and sixth in the 400-meter hurdles at 1:12.56 at the Messiah Invitational. In the same events Ransom placed third (15.39) and sixth (1:13.65) at the New Captain’s Classic on April 20. On April 27, she finished 10th in the 100-meter hurdles (15.38) at the Paul Kaiser Classic.
These are the eighth, and final, Bison of the Month awards for the 2012-2013 athletic seasons. Each month the Gallaudet University Athletics Department recognized two standout student-athletes from their respective sports. Previous winners include junior baseball center fielder William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) and juion softball pitcher Rachel Sweigart (Big Rock, Ill.) for March; men’s basketball center Danny Kelly (Strongsville, Ohio) and women’s basketball guard Claire Tucker (Middletown, Md.) for February; men’s basketball forward Layton Seeber (Champaign, Ill.) and women’s basketball forward Lindsay Stergio (Montville, Conn.) for January; women’s basketball forward Elena Ciccarelli (Whitesboro, N.Y.) and women’s swimmer Alexandra Polivanchuk (Orebro, Sweden) for December; football running back Nick Elstad (Colorado Springs, Colo.) and women’s volleyball opposite hitter Lane Peters (Phoenix, Ariz.) for November; women’s soccer goalkeeper Kara Gulvas (Crown Point, Ind.) and men’s cross country runner Alex Close (Tallahassee, Fla.) for the month of October; and football senior defensive back Tony Tatum (Gardendale, Ala.) and volleyball senior outside hitter Ann Whited (Fishers, Ind.) for the month of September.
GIS, a unit of the division of Administration and Finance at Gallaudet University was established to provide quality-sign language interpreting service to Gallaudet University and its constituencies. Last year, over 75,000 hours of interpreting services were provided to Gallaudet University and clients in the Washington, D.C., Maryland and Virginia areas. The passage of the 1992 Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) made equal access for all persons with disabilities the law. This law requires that "reasonable accommodation" be made to allow individuals with disabilities to participate and receive the same services and benefits available to those without disabilities. Gallaudet Interpreting Service (GIS) can assist you with meeting the requirements of the ADA by providing quality, reliable interpreting service for your events. For more information or to contact GIS please visit its website at www.gallaudet.edu/gis.