UTICA, Mich.- More members of the 2019 Southeastern University baseball team have signed professional contracts. Seniors Dan Valerio and Noah Strohl have signed with the Eastside Diamond Hoppers of the United Shores Professional Baseball League.
Valerio was a two-year standout for the Fire. In his junior campaign, Valerio played in all 66 games for SEU, leading the squad in batting average (.390), home runs (17), total bases (175), runs batted in (84) and tied for the team lead in doubles (27). His RBI total was a single season-program record.
Additionally, Valerio was First Team All-Sun Conference, Second Team NAIA All-American, and helped lead the Fire to the Avista-NAIA World Series Title.
In his senior season, the Tinton Falls, New Jersey native hit .345 with 11 home runs and 16 stolen bases. Valerio was Second Team All-TSC and helped lead the Fire back to Lewiston and a fifth-place finish in the World Series.
Strohl joined Southeastern for just the 2019 season after transferring in from Tennessee Wesleyan.
In his lone season with the Fire, Strohl batted .317 with 11 doubles, 11 home runs, and 51 RBIs.
The Pacific Beach, California native also earned a spot on The Sun Conference All-Tournament Team after totaling six RBIs during the three-game set.
Although he received more opportunities at the plate during his time at SEU, Strohl signed with the Diamond Hoppers as a pitcher.
Per the USPBL history page, the league launched in May 2016 as an innovative developmental finishing school or players seeking to make it to the Majors. The teams are comprised of top-level college baseball players from around the country.
Each of the four teams in the league plays a 50-game regular season schedule from May-September, with an all-star game and championship game to follow.
Already 13 games into their season, Eastside takes on the Westside Wooly Mammoths in their next game tomorrow night at 7:05 p.m.