OMAHA, Neb. – Gallaudet University senior catcher Casey Hicks (Henderson, Nev.) is a finalist for the 2014 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby Fan's Choice Award. This annual award, now in its third year, recognizes college baseball players who excel beyond the diamond and whose leadership inspires others.
The 16 finalists, from all three NCAA divisions, up for consideration in 2014 demonstrate integrity in all aspects of life, stay active in their community and are dedicated in the classroom. Hicks is one of only two Division III players on the list.
The winner will be determined by fans through Facebook voting and will be honored at the 2014 TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby. Fans can view profiles of the finalists and vote daily by visiting apps.facebook.com/tdafanschoiceaward. Fans can vote once a day.
The TD Ameritrade Fan's Choice Award is the only college baseball award determined solely by fans. There are three rounds of voting: Round One runs until June 9, with the Top 12 vote getters moving on to Round Two. The field will then be reduced to the top four vote getters on June 16. Round Three voting will end June 23, and the winner will be officially announced June 24. The winner will be honored at the TD Ameritrade College Home Run Derby in Omaha, Neb. on July 3, airing live on ESPN. Dominic Porretta of Otterbein University was last year's Fan's Choice Winner.
Hicks, the 2014 North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) Baseball Player of the Year, had a career season where he batted .401, 57 hits, 62 RBI, 38 runs, eight home runs, six doubles, six triples, 27 walks and 16 stolen bases in 42 games started. He earned the school's first National College Baseball Writers Association Division III National Hitter of the Week award on April 10 after being a two-time honorable mention honoree earlier in the season (March 6, March 13). He was a three-time NEAC Player of the Week this season (March 3, March 10, April 7) and a Eastern College Athletic Conference (ECAC) Division III Upstate Player of the Week on April 8. He hit for the cycle in his first four at-bats back on March 1 and was a double shy of a second cycle a week later. In 13 different games Hicks had two or more RBI and in 13 consecutive games he had at least one RBI. He also hit five home runs in a seven-game stretch. He is second in NCAA Division III for RBI (62) and RBI per game (1.48), he is also in the Top 25 in the nation for triples (6), on base percentage (.519), home runs (8) and slugging percentage (.697). He led the NEAC in RBI, walks and second in triples, home runs, stolen bases, on base percentage, total chances (265) and slugging percentage (.697). Hicks was previously selected to the 2013 All-NEAC second team and 2012 All-NEAC first team.
He was named to the D3baseball.com All-American second team and was named to the D3baseball.com All-Region first team and the American Baseball Coaches Association All-Region second team.