WICHITA, KS (June 26, 2012) – The St. Paul Saints embark on a six game roadtrip to Wichita and Fargo. Before they reach the latter half of the trip, however, they signed a pitcher who will be very familiar with Newman Outdoor Field signing North Dakota State pitcher Luke Anderson.
The 23-year-old Anderson spent three seasons with the Bison and was 8-3 with a 3.58 ERA in 15 games, all starts, including seven complete games and a shutout. In 98.0 innings he walked 29, struck out 69 while opponents hit .232 against him. He etched his name in the Bison record book finishing tied for first in a single season in starts (15), tied for second in victories (8), complete games (7) and innings pitched (98.0) and sixth in strikeouts (69). He also finished ninth all-time in innings pitched (183.1) and strikeouts (143).
Anderson was a two-time Summit League Pitcher of the Week this season. The first came in February when he held this season’s College World Series Champions, the Arizona Wildcats, to two runs on two hits in 7.0 innings of work in an 8-2 win. The second came when he pitched his first collegiate shutout in April at IPFW allowing five hits, striking out six and walking one in a 6-0 win. He struck out a career high 10 on April 14 at Western Illinois.
Prior to his time with the Bison he went to Dakota Technical College in Rosemount, MN where he went 7-0 with a 3.19 ERA. In 48.0 innings he fanned 50.
He is a graduate of Prior Lake High School where he was All-Conference and Team MVP during his senior season and played in the Twin Cities East-West Showdown in 2007. He also quarterbacked the varsity football team for two seasons.
In order to make room for Anderson the Saints released pitcher T.J. Wink who was 1-1 with a 7.30 ERA in three games (two starts).
The Saints roster stands at the league maximum 22, 10 pitchers, 12 position players and two players on the disabled list.