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GU baseball earns four All-NEAC honors, Pride named Coach of the Year while Holsworth tabbed as Pitcher of the Year

GU baseball earns four All-NEAC honors, Pride named Coach of the Year while Holsworth tabbed as Pitcher of the Year

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) released its 2013 baseball all-conference awards on Thursday and Gallaudet University sophomore Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.) was named NEAC Pitcher of the Year while Curtis Pride was voted by his peers, for a second time in a row, as the NEAC Coach of the Year. Gallaudet had four All-NEAC honorees, as two on each the first and second teams.

Senior shortstop Tommy Barksdale (Brookeville, Md.) makes his third straight All-NEAC team but his first on the first team. He was a second team honoree in 2011, '12. Holsworth joins Barksdale on the first team as the right-hander earns All-NEAC honors for the first time in his career.

Junior catcher Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) landed on the second team, a year after being on the all-conference first team. Hicks is joined by fellow junior Chris Guinn (McLoud, Okla.), who earns his first All-NEAC honor.

Pride has guided the Bison (20-19, 11-3 NEAC) to a share of the conference regular-season championship. Gallaudet last won a conference championship in 1977. GU is the No. 1 seed entering this weekend's NEAC tournament at Hoy Field. The Bison won 20 games for a second year in a row and defeated its first-ever nationally ranked team on March 20 with an 11-10 extra-innings victory over No. 23 Rowan University.

Holsworth is the most decorated pitcher in the conference as he was named conference pitcher of the week on three different occasions (March 4, March 25, April 29) this past season. Twice he was named an honorable mention for the NCAA Division III National Pitcher of the Week award (March 7, May 2) and he earned ECAC Division III South Pitcher of the Week honors once (April 30). Holsworth is ranked No. 15 in Division III for complete games (six). The sophomore leads the NEAC in games started (10), complete games, shutouts (two), innings pitched (70.1), second in wins (five), strikeouts (47), fifth in appearances (14) and seventh in ERA (3.20). Holsworth finished the regular season with three straight complete game victories.

Barksdale was named NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week once (March 4). He ranks second in the nation for triples (seven) and 16th for triples per game (0.18) as the Bison rank sixth as a team for triples (19). Barksdale is also second in Division III for walks (33) and ninth for walks per game (0.85) and 39th in on base percentage (.506). The senior shortstop leads the NEAC in triples, walks, runs (38), RBIs (39), on base percentage, is second in total bases (80), third in slugging percentage (.640), fourth in games (39), plate appearances (162), doubles (10), fifth in stolen bases (15) hits (47), seventh in home runs (three) and 10th in batting average (.376). Barksdale has started all 39 games for the Bison. He had 13 games with two or more hits and drove in two or more runs in a game on 10 different occasions.

Hicks was named NEAC Student-Athlete of the Week once (April 15). He was started all 39 games at catcher for the Bison. He ranks 23rd in the nation for triples (five) and 65th for triples per game (0.13). The junior ranks third in the NEAC for triples (five), hit by pitch (eight), fourth in games (39), sixth in walks (19), seventh in plate appearances (156), eighth in at bats (127), stolen bases (10), 10th in RBIs (26) and sacrifice flies (two). Behind the plate he ranks second in the conference for throwing out 17 runners trying to steal as he tallied 142 putouts, 37 assists and made only four errors this season.

Guinn has started 37 games for the Bison at either third base or as a starting pitcher. At the plate he ranks eighth in the NEAC for home runs (two), ninth in doubles (nine), 10th in runs (29), 12th in games (37), 13th in plate appearances (144), at bats (123), 14th in RBIs (24), 16th in walks (14) and 17th in total bases (52). The junior third baseman has made 89 putouts with 58 assists in the field. On the mound, he ranks third in the NEAC for games started (nine), innings pitched (51.0), seventh in strikeouts (32), ninth in wins (three) and 11th in complete games (two). He pitched a complete game five-hitter in a 4-1 win over Penn St.-Harrisburg on April 27.

Penn St.-Abington senior Bill Parave was named NEAC Player of the Year while Penn St.-Harrisburg freshman Bryan Balshy was picked as NEAC Rookie of the Year.

Note: Statistics, national and conference rankings are through May 2

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2013 Gallaudet University Baseball All-NEAC Honorees

Tommy Barksdale headshot

Brandon Holsworth headshot
    Curtis Pride headshot

Tommy Barksdale
All-NEAC First Team

Brandon Holsworth
NEAC Pitcher of the Year
All-NEAC First Team


Curtis Pride
NEAC Coach of the Year

Chris Guinn headshot  
    Casey Hicks headshot

Chris Guinn
All-NEAC Second Team

    Casey Hicks
All-NEAC Second Team