Kansas City, Mo. - Highlighted by a pair of honorable mention selections on the 2010 NAIA Softball All-America Team, Saint Xavier University had plenty of reason to celebrate when the postseason awards were announced by the NAIA national office in conjunction with the conclusion of the 2010 NAIA Softball Championships late Tuesday. Senior pitcher Jalyn Shearer
(Beecher, Ill./Beecher) and junior centerfielder Megan Paradzinski
(Munster, Ind./Munster) represented the Cougars on the All-America Team, both earning the national recognition for the first time in their collegiate careers. In addition, senior Rebekah Ruettiger
(St. Charles, Ill./St. Charles East) and juniors Amy Kennedy
(Pontiac, Ill./Pontiac) and Brittany Hannigan
(Palos Hills, Ill./Stagg) joined Paradzinski as 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar-Athletes when the national office released those honorees as well following the 2010 NAIA National Championships. Paradzinski was also named a second team member of the 2010 ESPN the Magazine Academic All-District 5 College Division Softball Team.
Shearer wrapped up her impressive collegiate career with a stellar senior season. She finished the 2010 campaign with an overall record of 17-5 and a team-best 1.49 ERA. Shearer also led the Cougars' pitching staff in strikeouts (103), innings pitched (150.0) and shutouts (8). Paradzinski started 47 of SXU's 50 games in centerfield and hit a team-high .382 (63-for-165) with 29 runs scored and 24 RBI. She committed no errors in the outfield and also led the team with 15 stolen bases.
To be named a Daktronics-NAIA Softball Scholar-Athlete, a student-athlete must have at least a 3.50 grade-point average (GPA) on a 4.00 scale and be at least a junior in academic standing with one full academic year completed at the nominating institution. In total, 275 softball players from 119 NAIA institutions were recognized as 2010 Daktronics-NAIA Scholar Athletes.
Saint Xavier ended its 2010 season in the championship game of the CCAC Softball Tournament. The Cougars finished the 2010 campaign with a 32-18 overall record and claimed second overall in the final CCAC regular season standings with a 15-3 mark.