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    DWU Baseball: Lukkason earns All-American Honorable Mention

    MITCHELL, S.D. – After tearing his ACL in a preseason scrimmage, it would have been easy for Dakota Wesleyan University shortstop Michael Lukkason to take his time getting his knee back into baseball shape. But he didn’t.

    Lukkason – who tore his ACL in September – appeared as a pinch hitter in the ninth inning of the Tigers’ first game of the year on Feb. 8. After four games as a pinch hitter, he took his spot as DWU’s starting shortstop. In May, less than nine months after his injury, Lukkason was named the Great Plains Athletic Conference Player-of-the-Year.

    Now, 10 months after going down with what could have been a season-ending injury, Lukkason has another honor to add to his ever-growing list. Monday afternoon, the East Grand Forks, Minn., native officially ended his collegiate career with NAIA Honorable Mention All-American honors. He is one of just two GPAC players to be honored by the NAIA; Northwestern College’s Tyler Stuerman also earned honorable mention accolades.

    Lukkason is just the 12th All-American in DWU baseball history and the first since Casey Solem earned the honor in 2010. He graduates as an All-American, the GPAC Player-of-the-Year and a two-time All-GPAC winner. He earned first team honors as a senior and honorable mention status as a junior in 2012.

    As a senior in 2013, Lukkason led the team in batting average (.401), hits (67), doubles (13) and on-base percentage (.458) this season and finished second with five home runs (5) and a .581 slugging percentage. He finished 28th in the NAIA this season in batting average and led the GPAC in batting average and hits, finished second in the league in home runs and third in on-base percentage and RBIs (43). He was also fourth in the league in total assists (113) and fifth in doubles.

    Lukkason finished his career with 147 hits, 28 doubles, eight triples, eight home runs and 104 RBI. He had a career batting average of .318 and a slugging percentage of .465 to go along with a .902 fielding percentage. He had 226 putouts and 383 assists in four years at shortstop.

    Lukkason is currently playing shortstop for the Weyburn Beavers, which is part of the Western Major Baseball League – a collegiate summer league in Canada.

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