ATHERTON, Calif. – In what was yet another historic season for Menlo College Baseball, the Oaks received five players with All-Conference honors, the most of any team in the Golden State Athletic Conference. Among the hardware given out, the Oaks also have the GSAC Player of the Year and the Pitcher of the Year on their roster, with Jordan Getzelman and Jason Alexander taking home the awards. All of this comes on the heels of a season where the Oaks were ranked in the top-ten for the first time in program history, and led the nation in home run for the second consecutive season.
Joe Gillette is the first member of the Oaks to receive all-conference honors, and like his teammates, they are well deserved. Gillette's offensive numbers would lead most teams in the nation, but he wound up posting the third-best power numbers across the board on this Oaks team. Gillette hit .302 with 15 homers and 47 runs batted in, while also hitting 13 doubles and 5 triples. His 54 runs scored were tied for second-best in the conference, while also ranking in the top-five in the GSAC for triples, home runs, runs batted in, and slugging percentage. The junior transfer from Oregon State manned third base all season long, and proved to be the next in a long line of successful third basemen at Menlo in recent years.
Julian Jarrard finished second on the team in power numbers, just ahead of Gillette and just behind Getzelman for the team lead. The numbers were quite impressive for the slugging shortstop, as he hit .326 (the highest mark on the team, among qualifying hitters) with 19 home runs and 53 runs batted in. Not much of a surprise, the homers, RBIs, and slugging percentage of .697 were good for second best in the conference, and for much of the season, he was in the top-five in batting average. He transferred to Menlo from Biola University for his senior season and proved to be one of the most consistent mashers in the Menlo lineup.
Kevin George arrived on the scene as one of the most dominant relief pitchers in the GSAC this season, helping him earn all-conference honors in 2017. During the regular season, George appeared in 21 games for the Navy and White, the most appearances from any Menlo pitcher. His record of 3-4 might not look too impressive, but he saved 3 games and posted an earned run average of 2.93. The funky left-hander went 24-consecutive innings during the regular season without allowing an earned run, with the bulk of those innings coming in conference play. He struck out a whopping 63 in 46 innings, and opponents hit just .174 against the junior transfer from Santa Clara University.
Jordan Getzelman transferred to Menlo from Kennesaw State and put up record-breaking numbers for the Oaks in 2017. As if hitting .316 isn't good enough, he led the entire NAIA with 25 home runs, shattering the program record for a single season set by Lucas Erceg with 20 in 2016. He drove in 58 runs, which is just one shy of tying the single-season record at Menlo set by Garrett Gemgnani, also in 2016. He led the conference with a slugging percentage of .791, was tied for second with 54 runs, and also led the Oaks with 13 stolen bases. The Crystal Lake, Illinois native locked down the center field position for Menlo all season and earned the respect of opponents in the conference, eventually leading to him being voted as the best player in the GSAC.
Not only did the Oaks receive the Player of the Year, they also received the Pitcher of the Year in the form of Jason Alexander. The senior right-hander from Windsor was in his first season fully-removed from Tommy John surgery, and he was blowing away opposing hitters all season long. He posted an 8-2 record in 13 starts with an earned run average of 2.50. Opponents hit just .230 against him in 82.2 innings, while he struck out 79 and walked just 14. Alexander left his mark in the top-five in the conference in ERA (2nd), walks allowed (4th), opponent's batting average (5th), and wins (5th). Going further than just his numbers, he features a low to mid-90s sinker and above average changeups and sliders that handcuff hitters on a regular basis. Combining his numbers with his arsenal, it made for an easy decision to pick Alexander as the best pitcher in the conference.
Dean Aliamus also made his mark on the Gold Glove team in the GSAC, picking up a Gold Glove award at first base. Aliamus, a senior from Burlingame, made just four errors this season at first base and posted a .990 fielding percentage. Not showing up in the stats are the amount of stellar picks he made at first base, saving errors from his teammates on bad throws.
The 2017 GSAC playoffs begin on Sunday at Cañada College in Woodside. The Oaks will play in the first game of the tournament, against the fourth-seeded Mustangs of The Master's University. The game begins at 9:00 AM and complete coverage of the tournament can be found at the Tournament HQ page.