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Gallaudet baseball sweeps NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week awards

Gallaudet baseball sweeps NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week awards

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) announced its student-athlete of the week awards for March 19, and Gallaudet University swept the baseball honors. Sophomore outfielder William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) was named the NEAC West Baseball Student-Athlete of the Week while sophomore Marcus Smith (Baltimore, Md.) was selected as the NEAC West Baseball Pitching Student-Athlete of the Week.

Bissell led Gallaudet with a .556 batting average in five games as the Bison posted a 4-1 record for the week. The preseason All-American outfielder batted 10-for-18 at the plate, scored eight runs, drove in five runs, had two triples and blasted one home run. His slugging percentage was .944 with a .571 on-base percentage as he increased his hitting streak to nine straight games. Bissell made 10 put outs in the outfield.

Smith went 1-0 for the week as he pitched seven innings in an 11-5 win over Drew University. He allowed two runs on four hits, walked three and struck out five batters as Drew batted .167 against him. This was Smith's second start on the Spring Break trip in Florida as he started the first game of the trip on Saturday, March 10, against Rivier where he won. In Florida, he posted a 2-0 record, 1.29 ERA and struck out 14 batters.

These awards give Gallaudet baseball three 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 of this season.

Gallaudet (8-6) had an eight-game winning streak during the week before it was snapped yesterday (Sunday, March 18) at Frostburg State University. Gallaudet will look to get back to its winning ways on Wednesday, March 21, when they travel to Stevenson University for a nine-inning non-conference game at 4 p.m.

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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.