CENTERVILLE, Mass. – The Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) announced its 2011 Division III Baseball South All-Stars recently and Gallaudet University freshmen outfielder William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) was selected to the first team. This is another award in a list of honors Bissell has collected this past season; including being named to the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings NCAA Division III All-American third team and All-South Region first team. He was also selected the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) West Division Player of the Year and to the all-conference first team.
Bissell led Gallaudet to its best season as a program as the Bison recorded a record of 18-24 breaking the program wins mark of 16 set back in 1899. GU made its debut in the NEAC where it posted a winning record (8-6) and was the No. 3 seed in the NEAC West Division tournament. Bissell, a red-shirt freshman, had his 2010 season cut short due to a season ending injury.
He led the entire NEAC/North Atlantic Conference (NAC) in seven different statistical offensive categories as of May 24. He was first in batting average (.438), slugging percentage (.711), on base percentage (.547), RBI (41), doubles (15), triples (four) and total bases (91). The freshman was also second in home runs (four), hits (56), fourth in walks (24), sixth in runs (33) and hit by pitch (eight). Bissell was also ranked nationally by the NCAA for Division III in many different categories as of May 31 including on base percentage (10th overall), batting average (22nd), slugging percentage (28th), triples (68th), doubles (74th), total bases (108th) and RBI (112th). Bissell also swiped 14 bases out of 19 chances as he started all 42 games. In the field he made 124 putouts, collected eight assists and posted a .964 fielding percentage.
Bissell is the first player under the tutelage of Gallaudet coach Curtis Pride, who will enter his fourth year at the helm this fall, to be named an ECAC All-Star.
FDU-Florham senior outfielder Matt Oliveto was named the ECAC South Player of the Year while Moravian junior Brendan Close was tabbed as the Pitcher of the Year. Pitt-Bradford second baseman Michael Pascarella was selected as the Rookie of the Year while Misericordia's Pete Egbert took home Coach of the Year honors.
Bissell is the only player from the NEAC on the first team while Penn St.-Abington, a conference foe, had catcher Enrique Meletichem selected to the second team. ABCA All-American first-team pitcher Greg Ross from Frostburg State University landed on the second team while Salisbury University, a College World Series finalist, had three players on the second team.
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.