ATHERTON, Calif. – Since stepping foot on campus, Lucas Erceg has drawn national attention to both himself and the Menlo College baseball program for his professional level playing ability. On Thursday, June 9 a lifelong dream came true for the Campbell, Calif. native as he was selected in the second round, 46th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers to become the highest draft pick in school history. Erceg also becomes the fifth player drafted from Menlo College, a National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) school that competes in the Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC), in the last six seasons.
Erceg did it all for the Oaks as the teams primary third baseman and closer during his junior season, starting 56 games and helping them to 35 wins, the most in program history. The left handed slugger belted a program-best 20 home runs, hit 15 doubles, drove in 56, scored 47 and struck out just 18 times in a team-leading 227 at-bats. In addition to his prowess with his bat and his glove, Erceg also served as the team's primary closer, recording six saves on the campaign. In 23 innings of work, he struck out 32 and allowed just two earned runs for a 0.78 earned run average.
Lucas is the NAIA's highest draft pick since Chris Smith of Cumberland (Tenn.) was selected seventh overall in 2001.
About Menlo College:
Menlo College was established in 1927 in Atherton, California, as a small, private, non-profit school that focuses on business administration and psychology, with a strong liberal arts emphasis. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley thirty minutes south of San Francisco, Menlo has been named among the "Best Colleges in the West" by The Princeton Review seven years running, and a U.S. News "Best Regional College" for the last five years. http://www.menlo.edu.