Written by Student Assistant Christian Bond
TACOMA, Wash. – Pacific Lutheran University student-athlete Landon Packard earned the American Baseball Coaches Association's (ABCA) Gold Glove Award for second base on Wednesday afternoon.
Packard received the award for outstanding contributions on defense. He accumulated a fielding percentage of .995, committing just one error in 192 total chances. The second basemen was in the middle of 39 double plays this year and was a big reason the Lutes finished the season as the top defensive squad in NCAA Division III.
"I nominated Landon because he only committed one error all year," said Head Coach Nolan Soete. "He was excellent for us all year and he means a lot to this program. He had a great career on the field, in the classroom and throughout the PLU community. He's the type of student-athlete you want to coach an have represent the program."
The ABCA Rawlings Gold Glove is awarded to nine student-athletes, one for each defensive position on the field. The Gold Glove is just the latest in a litany of awards earned by Packard. He picked up First Team All-Northwest Conference honors, Second Team All-West Region honors, Second Team ABCA honors, and was the recipient of the program's O.T. Harstad Award.
"It feels great," said Packard. "I've always prided myself on playing well on the defensive side. Hitting comes and goes but if you can be consistent defensively, you'll always be able to help your team. I've worked extremely hard and it feels good to see it pay off."
The Lutes wrapped up the 2017 campaign with a 25-14 overall record and a 17-7 mark in Northwest Conference action.