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Manuel Mesa is First SEU Baseball Player to Sign Professional Deal

CRESTWOOD, Ill.- A member of the 2019 Southeastern University baseball team has signed the first professional contract of the squad. Senior outfielder Manuel Mesa has signed a deal with the Windy City Thunderbolts of the Frontier League.

Mesa signed with the Thunderbolts just one day after being named a First Team NAIA Baseball All-American.

Mesa provided an offensive explosion for the Fire in his senior campaign, leading the team in batting average (.409), runs scored (76) hits (112), triples (7), stolen bases (38), and total bases (183). Mesa’s marks in hits and total bases were both single-season program records. He was also named The Sun Conference Player of the Year.

The Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic native also belted 21 doubles, 12 home runs, and also held a 36-game hit streak during the season, helping guide SEU to a fifth-place finish in the Avista-NAIA World Series.

As a junior, Mesa helped propel Southeastern to the NAIA World Series championship, the first NAIA national title in school history of any sport. Mesa was the series MVP and Charles Berry Hustle Award winner after hitting .520 at the plate with seven extra-base hits and eight runs scored.

Mesa finished his two-year career at SEU as a .393 hitter with 146 runs scored, 48 doubles, nine triples, 22 home runs, 83 RBIs, 342 total bases, and 72 stolen bases.

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The Thunderbolts commenced their 20th season of play this past Saturday.