MINNEAPOLIS – For a second straight year Gallaudet University had a player named to the D3baseball.com preseason All-American team as announced by the national website this week. Junior outfielder William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) makes his second appearance as an honorable mention selection. D3baseball.com selected a first, second and honorable mention teams for 2013.
In total 47 players were selected to one of the three teams. There are 363 teams that play at the NCAA Division III level for baseball. Bissell is the lone representative from the North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) or North Atlantic Conference (NAC). He is also the only player from the District of Columbia, Maryland and Northern Virginia region on one of the three teams.
In the past two years, Bissell has earned the following honors twice; NEAC West Division Player of the Year, ABCA All-South Region First Team and All-NEAC first team honoree. Last year, he was also named to the D3baseball.com All-South Region First Team.
The Maine native started all 42 games for the Bison last season and ranked 13th in the nation in triples (seven) and 23rd in slugging percentage (.697). Bissell led the NEAC/NAC in triples, total bases (99), third in slugging percentage, sacrifice flies (five), home runs (six), fourth in runs (43), hits (55), sixth in batting average (.387), RBI (37), eighth in stolen bases (16), 11th in doubles (12), 12th in games (42), 13th in plate appearances (167) and 14th in on-base percentage (.449). Bissell was not only a threat on offense but he played spectacular defense as he posted a .955 fielding percentage to go with 100 putouts and five assists.
Bissell helped to lead Gallaudet to its best season ever as the Bison compiled a 25-17 record and 10-4 conference mark. The Bison reached the NEAC West Division championship game but fell to Penn St.-Berks, 13-5. The 25 wins is a new single-season record for the Gallaudet program that dates back to the late 1800s.
Gallaudet will begins its season at home on Saturday, Feb. 23, at noon against Muhlenberg in a non-conference doubleheader.