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May 31, 2012

Gallaudet baseball places two players on the ABCA All-South Region teams

MT. PLEASANT, Mich. – For the second year in a row, Gallaudet University was represented on the American Baseball Coaches Association (ABCA)/Rawlings Division III All-South Region teams but this time sophomore William Bissell (Brewer, Maine) is joined by senior William Chapman (Los Angeles, Calif.). Bissell makes his second straight appearance on the all-region first team while Chapman makes his debut on the third team.

The award is one of many for Bissell, who has already been named to the D3baseball.com All-South Region first team, North Eastern Athletic Conference (NEAC) first team and was picked for the second straight year as the NEAC West Division Player of the Year. The Maine native, was a preseason All-American honorable mention selection named by D3baseball.com, started all 42 games for the Bison and is 12th in the nation in triples (seven), 23rd in slugging percentage (.697) as of May 20. Bissell leads 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 is not only a threat on offense but he plays spectacular defense as he posted a .955 fielding percentage to go with 100 put outs and five assists.

Chapman leads the NEAC/NAC in doubles (18), second in on base percentage (.488), hit by pitch (13), third in batting average (.404), fourth fifth in hits (55), runs (43), fifth in slugging percentage (.574), eighth in total bases (78), 14th in RBI (30) and 15th sacrifice flies (three) in the 41 games he started. His doubles total ranks 23rd in the country and he is ranked 77th for batting average in the national Division III rankings. In the field he boasts a .966 fielding percentage. He also made 11 pitching appearances (six starts) where he went 3-0 in conference games.

Bissell and Chapman 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 faced four schools this past season that had players on the All-South Region teams including Christopher Newport University, Salisbury University, Stevenson University and Wesley College. The two Bison are the only representatives from the NEAC on the South Region teams.

The ABCA announced its Division III All-American teams on Thursday and no Bison made any of the three teams. Bissell was the first-ever Bison to earn ABCA All-American honors last year when he was named to the third team.

Note: Statistics, national rankings and conference rankings are through May 20

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