SoCon Player of the Week (April 30)
Southern Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player
SoCon Honor Roll
2018 (Senior): Played in 53 of 54 games making 52 starts … SoCon Player of the Week (April 30) … Started 51 games at shortstop and one game at second base … Hit at a .287 average and led the team with eight home runs … Drove in 37 runs and scored 43 times … Swiped 10 bases and drew 199 walks … Laid down seven sacrifice bunts and was second on the team with 118 assists, earning a .949 fielding percentage … 13 multi-hit games … 11 multi-RBI games … Season-high seven-game hit streak … Reached base in 10 consecutive games … Led the team with seven hit by pitches … Hit for a .325 average in SoCon play … Hit five home runs against SoCon opponents … Season-high four hits in a 4-for-5 performance with a season-high five RBI, two home runs and four runs scored in the second game of the series against Wofford (Apr. 28) … Season-high two stolen bases against Samford (Apr. 20) … Season-high seven assists against North Carolina A&T (Apr. 2) and Winthrop (May 8) … Drove in four runs in the win over Lafayette (Mar. 9) … Drove in three runs in the SoCon Tournament against Wofford (May 25).
2017 (Junior): Started 58 games at shortstop… Hit .314 on the season and was third on the team with six home runs… Named Southern Conference Tournament Most Outstanding Player… SoCon All-Tournament team… Drove in 45 runs on the year and scored 43 runs… Led the team with 15 doubles and hit a pair of triples… Earned a .956 fielding percentage on 251 chances… Had 22 multiple hit games and 12 multiple RBI games… Went for a career-best five hits against Michigan State (Feb. 25)… Drove in five runs twice against Lafayette (Mar. 16 and Mar. 18)… Against Lafayette (Mar. 18), drove in five runs and scored twice to go with a pair of doubles… Drove in at least one run in six consecutive games (Apr. 28-May 5)… Drove in four runs in two games during the SoCon Tournament, helping UNCG defeat Furman twice (May 27 and May 28)… Scored multiple runs in 12 games… Went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and two doubles against Ohio State (Apr. 22)… Multiple hits in four of five games during the SoCon Tournament… Drove in three runs with a doubles and two runs scored in a mercy-rule victory over The Citadel (May 14).
2016 (Sophomore): Started the season as the everyday shortstop before an injury forced him to miss 27 games… Hit for a .357 average with 15 extra-base hits… Hit nine doubles, three triples and a trio of home runs… Earned 15 RBI and scored 32 runs… Hit for a .543 slugging percentage… Went a perfect 9-for-9 in stolen bases… Had 14 multi-hit games and four multi-RBI performances… Had a season-high nine game hitting streak… Hit a pair of doubles and scored two runs in a victory over Elon (Feb. 23)… Hit a home run against North Carolina A&T at NewBridge Bank Park (Mar. 22)… Hit home runs his first two games back from injury against UNC Asheville (May 11) and Western Carolina (May 13)… Stole a season-best three bases against North Carolina A&T (Mar. 22)… Ended the season on a four-game hit streak.
2015 (Freshman): Played in 47 games and made 45 starts as the Spartans' shortstop … Batted .252 with 35 hits, 19 runs scored, seven doubles, three home runs and 19 RBI … Led the team with 13 sacrifice bunts, finishing in a tie for first among Southern Conference players and 23rd nationally … Produced 11 multi hit and four multi RBI efforts … Enjoyed a six-game hitting streak from April 4-18 … Hit his first collegiate home run at East Carolina (Feb. 21) … Tallied a season-high three hits in contests against Wake Forest (April 8) and versus VMI (May 21) in the conference tournament … Heated up in the final 10 games of the season, batting .394 and slugging .545.
High School: Teammate of fellow Spartan signee Michael Bates who has played shortstop the past four years for the Titans' varsity squad under head coaches Randy Pope and Brad Bullard … Helped lead West Forsyth to the North Carolina 4A state championship at the UNCG Baseball Stadium … Hit a three-run home run in the decisive game of the state championship series … The Titans were ranked No. 38 nationally by Perfect Game … Named the 2013 team defensive MVP … Earned all-conference honors last season as West Forsyth won the Central Piedmont Conference regular season championship … Hit .271 as a junior with 23 hits, 10 doubles, three home runs and 15 RBI while posting a .388 on base percentage and .906 OPS … Selected to play in Perfect Game tournaments on seven occasions in Georgia and Florida for the Dirtbags showcase team under head coaches Andy Partin and Lee Land … Also participated in the 2013 Powerade State Games for District 5 and his team won the silver medal.
Personal: Paul Thomas Shelton III … Born May 29, 1996 … Majoring in Business Administration… Son of Tommy and Renee Shelton.