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Baseball - Wed, Jun. 7, 2017

A week after play concluded in the Avista-NAIA World Series, the Golden State Athletic Conference has had two players named to the NAIA All-America Second Team. GSAC Player of the Year, Jordan Getzelman and The Master's University catcher, Jonah Jarrard.

Jordan Getzelman transferred to Menlo from Kennesaw State and put up record-breaking numbers for the Oaks in 2017. Getzelman hit .333 and he was second in the entire NAIA with 26 home runs, shattering the program record for a single season set by Lucas Erceg with 20 in 2016. He drove in 59 runs, which ties the single-season record at Menlo set by Garrett Gemgnani, also in 2016. The junior also led the conference with a slugging percentage of .818. 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. Getzelman is projected to be drafted in this years' upcoming MLB Draft.

Jonah Jarrard's production at and behind the plate was one of the catalysts for a Mustang team that finished the season on a 26-6 roll, won the GSAC Tournament, swept through the NAIA Opening Round, and played in the World Series for the second consecutive season. Despite missing nine games earlier in the season to injury, Jarrard was the club's most consistent hitter during the 2017 campaign.  He led the Golden State Athletic Conference in hitting and finished the season with a stellar .406 batting average on his way to all-conference honors.  He set a single-season record with 86 hits, paced the club with 19 doubles and 152 total bases, and tied for the team-lead with a .488 on-base average.  His 1.205 OPS was second on the squad. At the World Series, he hit .313 (5-16) and drove in six runs.  In an elimination game against Keiser of Florida on May 29, he homered, went 2-4 and drove in four runs.

The GSAC also saw Jason Alexander and Julian Jarrard (both from Menlo College) and Cameron Baranek from Hope International receive NAIA Honorable Mention honors. Alexander was the GSAC Pitcher of the Year and Jarrard was fourth in the NAIA with 22 home runs.  In the GSAC, Baranek was fourth in on base percentage and fifth in batting average and runs scored in the GSAC.

For the complete list of All-Americans, go to NAIA All-America Baseball Release.

For complete 2017 GSAC Baseball honors, go to GSAC Baseball Awards.