Weeks after the conclusion of Menlo's greatest season in baseball history, the Oaks ballclub enjoyed one more historic accolade to cap off what was truly a remarkable 2012 campaign. Senior second baseman C.J. Dailey was honored on the national stage, earning a spot on the 2012 Rawlings-NAIA Gold Glove Team as the nation's best defensive second baseman.
"I was very excited when I heard the news," remarked a jubilant Dailey. "I am honored to have been considered and selected. It's also nice to have Menlo recognized on a bigger stage in so many ways this year."
With the announcement Dailey marched into rarified air, as only nine players across the country stamped their place on this prestigious team.
"I am very happy for C.J.," commented Menlo first year Head Coach Stefan McGovern. "He worked so hard all season long and I consider him the best defender I have ever coached."
Dailey placed a bow on his stellar two year Oaks career, compiling outrageous defensive numbers this past season in helping lead Menlo to their first ever National Championship appearance. In 248 chances, the Bellevue, Washington native did not make an error all year long while helping turn 33 double plays. The national honor comes on the heels of Dailey's NAIA West Gold Glove award, only adding to the team's incredible 2012 run.
"It's great for C.J. to win this honor, but it's also great for our program," claimed the aforementioned McGovern. "You really can't say enough about all of the accomplishments we had this year and accolades like this are only going to help us moving forward."