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SU's Van Sickler earns top honor


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Shenandoah University junior Greg Van Sickler has been tabbed as the preseason NCAA Division III Player of the Year in selections announced Tuesday by Baseball America.

Van Sickler, who earned NABC All-America status last season after leading Shenandoah's baseball tam to a 38-10 record and a South Region championship, was selected as a "Player to Watch," the pre-season Player of the Year and as the top Division III draftable prospect by Baseball America.

Van Sickler hit .411 with seven home runs, 66 RBI and a school-record 20 doubles last spring while also winning nine of 11 decisions on the mound with a 2.69 ERA.

In addition to his NABC honors, Van Sickler was selected to the All-USA South Conference team, plus the USA South, Salisbury and NCAA Division III Championships all-tournament teams, and was named a Valley League all-star during the summer.

Shenandoah is scheduled to open its 2010 season on Feb. 13 with a pair of games at the ODAC/USA South Conference Challenge.



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