Former Seward County Community College baseball player and current first baseman at Central Missouri State University, Josh Paul, has been named a Louisville Slugger National Player of the Week by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. Paul, a 6-foot-5-inch senior was the only NCAA Division II player listed among five NCAA D-I players who were tabbed as National Players of the Week on Monday. Paul batted .696 with six home runs, 16 hits, 19 RBI and 11 runs scored in the Mules’ six victories.

Paul has now hit nine home runs in a seven game stretch where he has tied the Central Missouri single-game home run record (3) and the school single-game base hit record (5). During the week Paul recorded an on-base percentage of .750 and a slugging percentage of 1.696.

Paul is now in his second year at Central Missouri State University, where the Mules are currently ranked No. 5 in the latest NCAA D-II national poll and have an overall record of 34-5.

In his two seasons at Seward County, Paul led the Saints to a Region VI Tournament championship and to a NJCAA World Series 5th place finish in 2004. As a sophomore, Paul was a First Team All-Conference and All-Region VI selection at first base while batting .385 with six home runs and 55 RBI. Paul is the SCCC all-time career doubles leader (46) and ranks second in single-season doubles with 23 in each his freshman and sophomore seasons. Paul also ranks seventh in Saints history in career RBI (110) and ninth in base hits (143).

In 2005, Paul was the first player in Seward County history to be named NJCAA National Player of the Week.

Paul is currently batting .367 (51-for-139) with 34 runs scored, 10 doubles, five triples and he leads the team with 11 home runs and 43 RBI.