SU roundup: Paul lands preseason All-America honors

MINNEAPOLIS — Shenandoah University senior Michael Paul has been named to the D3baseball.com pre-season All-America team in selections announced Tuesday afternoon by the website.

Paul, who was named All-America last season by both D3baseball.com and the ABCA as well as a first team Capital One Academic All-America, is the second-team pick on the 2015 pre-season All-America team.

Paul led SU to a 33-11 mark last season with a .444 batting average and 62 RBIs in 178 at-bats.

In addition to earning All-America honors, he was named as the Player of the Year in the Old Dominion Athletic Conference and the South Region by both the ABCA and D3baseball.com.

Paul is the sixth SU player since 2010 to earn D3baseball.com pre-season All-America accolades. Greg Van Sickler ’11 was named in both 2010 and 2011, Kevin Brashears ’11 was picked in 2011 and Kyle Scallion ’12, ’13 MBA in 2012 and Nick Beall ’13 in 2013.

Shenandoah opens its 2015 season on Feb. 14 with a non-league doubleheader versus Misericordia.

Women’s basketball

WINCHESTER — In a game marked by three significant runs, visiting Bridgewater had the last one in a 61-52 ODAC women’s basketball victory over Shenandoah on Tuesday evening.

The Eagles (7-6, 2-3 ODAC) put SU (5-9, 1-4) away with an 11-2 run from the 6:11 to 3:07 marks of the second half that turned a one-point advantage into a 10-point bulge.

Bridgewater needed that run as Shenandoah roared back into the game on the strength of an 18-5 spurt that brought the Hornets to that one-point deficit following a Holly Chittenden layup at the 6:20 mark.

Bridgewater answered with 11 of the game’s 13 points, broken up only by a Chittenden layup at 4:30, to essentially seal the victory.

The Hornets would get no closer than eight points the rest of the way.

The initial run of the contest came in the first half. With Shenandoah leading 14-9 following a Breya Wallace fast-break jumper at 11:42, the Eagles took a lead they would not relinquish by scoring the game’s next 17 points over a span of 8:47.

By the time that Wallace canned a jumper at 1:53 to end the scoreless drought, the five-point SU lead had turned into a 10-point deficit.

The gap was nine at the break and grew to 14 points on two occasions, the last at 11:08, before Shenandoah began its comeback with a Kirstyn Arcata jumper in the paint at 9:52.

Cassidy Burkholder had a game-high 20 points for the Eagles with fellow starters Jessi Strom, Oshene Kelly and Jessica Lam all adding 12 points each.

Bridgewater had all of its scoring production come from the starting lineup.

Chittenden had 18 points and a co-game-high 13 rebounds for the Hornets to record her 20th career double-double.

Wallace had 13 points off the bench while Erin French posted 10 rebounds.

SU had a slight, 40-38, advantage on the glass.

The Hornets shot 34 percent (23 of 68) for the game while BC shot 44 percent (20 of 45).

Shenandoah travels to Emory & Henry on Saturday for a 2 p.m. ODAC contest.