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GU's Marcus Smith earns second NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week award

GU's Marcus Smith earns second NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week award

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) announced its student-athlete of the week awards for April 9, and Gallaudet University sophomore Marcus Smith (Baltimore, Md.) was selected as the NEAC West Baseball Pitching Student-Athlete of the Week for the second time this year.

Smith (4-3) threw a complete game one-hitter against Penn St.-Abington on April 6. The sophomore pitcher shut down the league's most productive offense in the 11-0 win. Smith picked up his fourth win of the season, which moved him into a three-way tie for most wins in the NEAC. Smith finished the game with three strikeouts and two walks. His no-hit bid was broken up in the bottom of the seventh inning with a two out double. 

This award gives Gallaudet baseball four NEAC West Player of the Week awards for the season. Senior pitcher Ryan Hastings (Cherry Valley, Mass.) was named the NEAC Baseball Pitching Student-Athlete of the Week on March 5 while Smith and sophomore outfielder William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) were picked on March 19.

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About the NEAC/NAC
Beginning with the 2010 season, North Atlantic Conference (NAC) members Castleton, Colby-Sawyer, Husson, Lyndon State, Maine-Farmington, New England College and Thomas will play in the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) as associate members in the East Division.  The West Division will consist of NEAC members Cazenovia, Gallaudet, Keuka, Lancaster Bible, Penn State Abington, Penn State Berks, Penn State Harrisburg and SUNY Institute of Technology.  Each division will hold a championship and the two divisional champions will meet for a three-game series to determine the conference champion. The conference winner will earn an automatic bid to the NCAA Division III Championships.  The partnership will end following the 2012 season.