May 11, 2014

SANTA CLARITA Calif. -- In an announcement that's only fitting for the nation's finest defense, The Master's College baseball team has landed four players on the GSAC's 2014 Gold Glove Team.

Heading the quartet are a pair of repeaters, junior outfielder/pitcher Steve Karkenny (Chatsworth, CA) and junior second baseman Sam Robison (San Juan Capistrano, CA).  Joining them on the squad are junior shortstop Jonthan Popadics (Boise, ID) and senior pitcher Andrew Klausmeier (Northridge, CA), both first-time honorees.

Karkenny, who along with Popadics completed a rare triple of being named All-GSAC, Scholar-Athlete, and Gold Glover, was errorless in 118 chances (1.000 fielding percentage), most of those opportunities coming in 53 starts in the outfield while a few more came on the mound where he made 17 relief appearances.

Robison committed only seven errors, one less than last year, and led the club with 170 assists and 282 chances while posting a .975 fielding percentage.

His double-play partner Popadics earned his first-time nod on the strength of just eight miscues in 250 chances, a .968 fielding percentage.  He finished second on the team with 169 assists.

Capping off a breakthrough season on the mound, at the plate, and  in the field, Klausmeier made just two errors and had a .951 fielding percentage.

The Mustangs' four selections were twice as many as any other GSAC school represented (Concordia had two) and the club's .978 fielding percentage led both the conference and the nation.