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Shenandoah duo captures accolades

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FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Shenandoah University earned a pair of major baseball honors from the USA South in All-Conference selections announced on Wednesday by the league.

Senior Scott Van Dusseldorp and junior Greg Van Sickler headline a group of seven Shenandoah players earning All-USA South honors by being named as the league's Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.

Van Dusseldorp is currently hitting .417 with 55 hits and 53 RBIs in 132 at-bats. A solid power hitter for his entire career, Van Dusseldorp is also one home run from holding the all-time mark at Shenandoah. He currently leads the team with 11 homers.

In addition to his Player of the Year accolade, Van Dusseldorp is a first-team selection at first base.

Van Sickler, the 2010 pre-season Baseball America Division III Player of the Year, was named as a first-team player at two positions: pitcher and utility, in addition to earning Pitcher of the Year honors.

As a pitcher, Van Sickler is 6-1 overall with a 2.37 ERA over 60 2/3 innings in eight appearances. Van Sickler has thrown four complete games this season and has one shutout.

As a hitter, he has a .384 average with 19 doubles among his 53 hits.

He has been named as the league's Pitcher of the Week three times this season and this is his second major honor from the league in his career. In 2008, Van Sickler was the league's Rookie of the Year.

This is the first time in school history that SU has had either the league's Player of the Year or Pitcher of the Year.

In addition to Van Dusseldorp and Van Sickler earning a combined three first-team accolades, junior Kevin Brashears also garnered first-team honors as he was picked in the outfield.

The current USA South Conference Player of the Week, Brashears leads the Hornets with a .439 average from his leadoff spot and boasts 69 hits, 10 home runs and 45 RBIs in 157 at-bats.

Shenandoah also had two players, seniors Jon Holcomb and Adam Delauter, on the second team.

Holcomb, at second base, is hitting .370 overall and Delauter .389 as the team's primary right fielder. In conference contests, Delauter is hitting .406 while Holcomb had a walkoff single to help beat Christopher Newport three weeks ago.

The final on-field honoree comes on the honorable-mention team, where sophomore Kyle Scallion was picked as a relief pitcher. In 17 appearances this season, Scallion has five saves and 20 strikeouts.

Senior Jesse Henry rounds out the honorees by being selected to the league's All-Sportsmanship team.

Over, McCabe earn second-team honors

FAYETTEVILLE, N.C. -- Shenandoah had seven players earn USA South softball honors in selections announced on Wednesday by the league.

Sophomore Brooke Over and freshman Lauren McCabe led the group by being named second team All-USA South at pitcher and second base, respectively.

Over, who was named as the league's Pitcher of the Week twice this season, has a 10-7 overall record this year and is 6-3 in conference contests.

McCabe, who earned a starting position midway through the year, hit a sizzling .475 in 16 league contests. Included in this total is a 7-for-8 afternoon against Averett.

Senior Lauren Wall and junior Ashley Plaugher also earned All-USA South selections with their placement on the third team.

Wall, at first base, is hitting .350 this year with 16 RBIs and a co-team-high two home runs.

Plaugher grabbed her third league honor by being named at third base this season. In 2008, she was named to the second team at third base and was an honorable mention selection last season at shortstop.

Plaugher is hitting .315 this season and has been named as the league's Player of the Week one time.

The final three honorees came on the honorable mention team with Jolisa Jones picked at shortstop, and both Shatora Lane and Catherine Pruiett in the outfield.

It is the third-ever selection for Pruiett, the second for Jones and the first for Lane. Lane is also a double honoree as she was picked as the team's representative to the All-Sportsmanship squad.

Jones currently leads the team with a .387 average, Lane is hitting .330 and Pruiett .287.

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