Finlandia’s Luke Paul earns top AD31 honors

Finlandia University pitcher/first baseman Luke Paul earned top honors on the 2016 All-Independent Baseball teams named today by the Association of Division III Independents (AD31).

Paul, a senior from Hancock, Michigan, was named the Player and Pitcher of the Year after helping lead the Lions to their most wins in school history. The senior batted .318 on the year with 12 RBI and 14 runs scored in 66 at bats. Paul also excelled on the mound, going 5-1 with a 2.40 ERA in 45 innings pitched with six complete games. The senior struck out 37 batters on the year and allowed just 24 hits in his 45 innings.

“Congratulations to Luke, who proved hard work and dedication over four years resulted in an outstanding senior year,” Lions coach Steve Nordstrom said. “It is rewarding for him to be recognized by his peers as the Player and Pitcher of the year.”

Other Finlandia honorees included First Team players Joey Krug (Third Base, San Diego, Calif.) and Patrick Coles (Shortstop, Jensen Beach, Fla.), and Second Team players Joshua Gregoy (Second Base, Detroit, Mich.), Zach Koehn, (Catcher, Port Huron, Mich.) and Adam Johns (Outfield, Clarkston, Mich.).

“Congrats to the underclassmen who were recognized,” Nordstrom said. “Their recognition proves we have a talented core of returners. We look forward to building on their success in the coming years.”