July 30, 2012

Baseball's Kyle Nisson Wins NCAA Statistical Championship

NCAA Division I "Toughest To Strike Out" Category

HAMDEN, Conn. – Quinnipiac baseball's Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) was one of 36 NCAA Division I baseball student-athlete who won statistical champion in his final season with the Bobcats. Nisson won the "Toughest To Strike Out" category, after he struck out just five times in 171 at-bats.

Nisson struck out once every 34.2 at-bats and finished the season when he played the final 12 games without striking out. In his last 30 games, he struck out twice. Nisson finished the 2011 season ranked 32nd nationally in the same category. For the year, Nisson batted .316 (54-171) with eight doubles and 26 runs scored. For his career, he batted .317 (160-505) with 19 doubles, two triples and 58 runs scored.

Nisson was signed by the Worcester (Mass.) Tornadoes of the CanAm League on July 13, 2012. He was previously an All-Northeast Conference selection in 2011 and was also selected to the College Sports Madness All NEC Second Team in 2012.

Behind the plate, Nisson was third among all NEC catchers as he threw out 12 runners for the year. Nisson also collected a team-high 18 multiple-hit games, including four with three or more and was one of two players in the NEC this season to put together a five-hit game. In that game, a 17-3 win against Mount St. Mary's that also stood as Head Coach Dan Gooley's 500th career victory, Nisson was 5-for-6 with a double, four RBI and five runs scored. Nisson was also named to College Sports Madness' Preseason All-NEC Team.

Nisson is one of two Quinnipiac student-athletes to win a NCAA Statisical Championship this spring. Women's lacrosse's Sarah Allen led the assists and assists-per-game categories, while also breaking the all-time NCAA Division I assists-per-game record.