Billy Bissell of Brewer, a red-shirt freshman outfielder at Gallaudet University in Washington, D.C., has been named to the NCAA Division III All-American baseball third team.
Bissell is one of two players with Maine connections named to the squads. Mike Eaton, a senior first baseman from Sabattus and the University of Southern Maine, was a second-team choice.
Bissell is the lone freshman on any of the three All-American teams and is believed to be the first player to ever garner All-American honors in baseball while at Gallaudet.
The former Brewer High School standout led his team to the best season in program history as the Bison posted an 18-24 record to break the school record of 16 wins set in 1899.
GU played its first season in the North Eastern Athletic Conference, where it posted a league record of 8-6 and was the No. 3 seed in the NEAC West Division tournament.
Bissell was named the NEAC West Division Player of the Year and was selected to the all-conference first team, and earlier this week was named to the ABCA All-South Region first team.
Bissell, who had his 2010 season cut short due to a knee injury, started all 42 games this spring led the combined NEAC/North Atlantic Conference in seven different statistical offensive categories as of May 24 — batting average (.438), slugging percentage (.711), on-base percentage (.547), RBIs (41), doubles (15), triples (four) and total bases (91).
Bissell also was among the NCAA Division III leaders in on-base percentage (10th), batting average (22nd) and slugging percentage (30th).
Bissell, who also stole 14 bases in 19 attempts for Gallaudet this spring, was the only NEAC/NAC player to earn All-America honors this season.
Eaton became the 22nd USM player to receive ABCA All-America honors since 1982, and the first since Anthony D’Alfonso was named to the third team in 2009.
A three-time All-Little East Conference selection, Eaton batted .426 this spring with 54 runs scored, 18 doubles, three triples, a career-high 12 home runs, 50 RBI and 12 stolen bases. The lefthanded hitting Eaton complied a .796 slugging percentage and had 22 multiple-hit games, including a 6-for-6 performance against Farmingdale State.
The former Oak Hill High School star led the Huskies in hits, doubles, homers, RBI and walks (26, including seven intentional passes).