10 p.m., March 8)
native is making noise in the bluegrass state
Béatrice-Desloges graduate Chris Bisson is the starting second basemen
and lead-off hitter in only his second year at the University of Kentucky. UK
been almost two years since Orléans native Chris Bisson signed a scholarship
to play Division 1 baseball at the University of Kentucky.
most kids barely get off the bench during their freshman year, Bisson, who went
to Béatrice-Desloges high school, started in 15 games and got to the plate
51 times. Although his batting average was only .157, he stole three of six bases
and had a .920 fielding average primarily at second and third base.
the summer he played in the New York Collegiate Baseball League and put up impressive
numbers including a .301 batting average. He had eight extra base hits including
three homers and 18 RBI. He also stole 17 of 18 bases and led his team in drawing
walks with 25.
experience did wonders for his confidence and coming into the Wildcats training
camp he was determined to make a much larger contribution to the club offensively.
the first six games of the season, which opened on Feb. 20, he had eight hits
in 23 at bats for a .348 batting average. He also had seven RBIs
a game against Western Michigan on March 1, he went 3-for-6 with a double, an
RBI and a stolen base. But the best was yet to come. Three days later he went
3-for-4 against Eastern Kentucky and hit a two out, two run walk-off dinger in
the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Wildcats to a 9-8 win over the Colonels.
was Bissons first career homerun for the Wildcats and it couldnt have
come at a better moment.
he strolled to the plate he thought back to a game last year in which a teammate
hit a walk-off homerun.
kind of inspired me because I got to sit and be a part of that last year,
Bisson told reporters after the game. I really wanted to come in and just
put a good swing on the ball.
19-years-old and all of 5-foot-11 and 185 lbs., Bisson absolutely hammered the
crushed it, Wildcats head coach Gary Henderson said after the game.
That was a no-doubt home run, a ball that gets out of any park in the nation,
not just ours.
followed up his impressive performance against Eastern Kentucky, by going 4-for-5
in a win over Indiana State on Thursday and improving his hitting streak to eight
games since the start of the season.
the streak came to an end against ISU yesterday when he failed to get a hit in
five at bats, although he did contribute an RBI in the Wildcats 5-0 win.
would no doubt love to one day represent his country at the World Baseball Classic,
which is being played out this month in the United States, but for now hes
concentrating on helping the Wildcats make it to the Southeast Conference Championship
and a berth in the NCAA Regional tournament which is something a Wildcat team
hasnt done since 2006.
7:30 a.m., March 7)
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