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Six Bison earn All-NEAC honors, Hicks named Player of the Year, Holsworth earns a second Pitcher of the Year award

Six Bison earn All-NEAC honors, Hicks named Player of the Year, Holsworth earns a second Pitcher of the Year award

GANSEVOORT, N.Y. – The North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) released its 2014 baseball all-conference awards on Tuesday and Gallaudet University junior Brandon Holsworth (Beal City, Mich.) was named NEAC Pitcher of the Year for the second straight year and senior Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) was named NEAC Player of the Year. Gallaudet had six All-NEAC honorees, with three players the first and second teams.

Hicks, Holsworth and senior William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) were picked to the first team while senior JJ Klein (Cincinnati, Ohio), senior Marcus Smith (Baltimore, Md.) and sophomore Danny O'Donnell (Olney, Md.) were selected to the second team.

Hicks was named the NCBWA Division III National Hitter of the Week on April 10 after being a honorable mention twice the month prior (March 6, March 13). The senior catcher earned ECAC Division III Upstate Player of the Week on April 8 and was a three-time NEAC Player of the Week (March 3, March 10 and April 7). This is Hicks' third all-conference honor as he was named to the second team in 2013 and the first team in 2012. He is currently ranked second in Division III for RBI per game (1.65) and third for total RBI (57). Hicks leads the NEAC in RBI, walks (25) and is second in triples (4), home runs (8), total bases (85), stolen bases (16), on base percentage (.519), total chances (228) and slugging percentage (.697). Hicks is also third in the conference for put outs (198) and fourth in hit by pitch (9).

Holsworth was named NEAC Pitcher of the Week four times (March 3, March 10, April 7, April 14) this season. He is a two-time ECAC Division III Upstate Pitcher of the Week (April 8, April 15). This is Holsworth's second consecutive All-NEAC first team selection. The junior right-hander is sixth in the nation for games started (13), ranked 16th for victories (7) and 19th for strikeouts (72). Holsworth leads the NEAC in games started, wins, innings pitched (87.0), and strikeouts. He is second in shutouts (2), third in earned run average (2.17) and fourth in appearances (14).

This is Bissell's third All-NEAC first team honor (2011, '12). He is currently ranked 22nd in Division III for triples (6), a category he leads the NEAC in as well along with a stellar 1.000 fielding percentage in center field. The senior outfielder is second in the NEAC for walks (24), third in RBI (39), hits (54) and on base percentage (.506). He is also fourth in runs (41), plate appearances (164) and batting average (.409) and fifth in stolen bases (10) and total bases (75). 

Klein makes his first appearance on an All-NEAC team with his second team selection. He is a two-time CoSIDA Baseball Academic All-District First team honoree (2013, '14). He is ranked seventh in Division III for runs (50) and 14th in runs per game (1.31). The senior outfielder and second baseman leads the conference in games (40), plate appearances (180), at bats (159), runs and hits (59). He is also second in doubles (15), third in sacrifice hits (5) and fourth in total bases (76) and stolen bases (12).

Smith makes his second appearance on the All-NEAC second team (2012). The senior right fielder leads the conference in games (40) and stolen bases (17) and is second in plate appearances (175), at bats (149) and runs (45). Smith has also posted a 3-1 record on the mound where he has started six games and logged 29.1 innings and struck out 19 batters.

O’Donnell, a transfer from George Washington University, makes his first appearance on an All-NEAC team. The right-hander became the first Bison to earn NCBWA Division III National Pitcher of the Week honors on March 27. He was a two-time NEAC Pitcher of the Week (March 24, March 31) and pitched a 2-0 shutout over then No. 10 Rowan University in March. He ranks second in the NEAC for games started (10), innings pitched (74.0), strikeouts (64) and is third in shutouts (1) and appearances (15) to go with his five wins.

Lancaster Bible College freshman Justin Taylor was named NEAC Rookie of the Year and Keuka College's Rick Ferchen was selected by his peers as the NEAC Coach of the Year.

Gallaudet (25-15) had the most honorees with six followed by regular season co-champion Keuka College, who had four selections (three on the first team).

Note: Statistics, national and conference rankings are through May 5.

2014 Gallaudet University Baseball All-NEAC Honorees

Casey Hicks

Brandon Holsworth headshot  
    William Bissell headshot

Casey Hicks
NEAC Player of the Year
All-NEAC First Team

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

William Bissell
All-NEAC First Team

JJ Klein headshot
    Danny O'Donnell headshot
    Marcus Smith headshot

JJ Klein
All-NEAC Second Team

    Danny O'Donnell
All-NEAC Second Team
    Marcus Smith
All-NEAC Second Team