Quinnipiac senior Kyle Nisson (Wallingford, Conn.) has been named to the Collegesportsmadness.com 2012 Northeast Conference Preseason All-Conference Second Team. Nisson was an All-Northeast Conference selection as a junior in 2011.
Last season, Nisson became the first catcher in Quinnipiac history to receive All-NEC honors, while also being named to the 37th Annual New England Intercollegiate Baseball Association All-Star Game. Nisson earned second-team recognition after leading the Bobcats with a personal-best .336 (51-152) batting average, while also leading the team with a .399 on-base percentage. Nisson was also hit-by-a-pitch 10 times, ranking him among the national leaders. Additionally, among the seven players on the Bobcats roster to play in at-least 46 games, Nisson led all seven in fewest strikeouts with 10. He also slapped four doubles and scored 17 runs while driving in 21 more.
Nisson was third on the team with 14 multiple-hit games, including one of Quinnipiac's six four-hit games, while also ranking second on the roster with four multiple-RBI games.
Defensively, Nisson was rock-solid behind the plate, posting a .973 field percentage, second on the team among the Bobcats' three players with more than 200 defensive opportunities. Nisson also managed to throw out 14 would-be base stealers, second most among all Northeast Conference catchers.
Quinnipiac opens the season on Friday, March 2 when they travel to Bronx, N.Y. to play a non-conference doubleheader against Fordham at 12 p.m. The Bobcats also have a twin-bill schedule for March 3 at Hofstra before heading South to face Richmond (Mar. 9-11) and William & Mary (Mar. 12 & 13). The Bobcats open Northeast Conference play at Wagner on Friday, March 16.