#5 Steven Karkenny
Pos: OF/INF/P
Height: 6-2
Weight: 210
Year: SR
Major: Business Administration
Parents: David & Ruth
Birthday: March 30
Hometown: Chatsworth, CA
High School: Chatsworth
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2015: One of the nation’s top players returns for what promises to be a record-breaking senior campaign, further cementing his status as one of the program’s best-ever…maturing into a complete player, expectations are high and he wouldn’t have it any other way, whether he’s chasing down balls in the outfield, closing games, or driving in a bushel of runs…will start in left field where a strong arm and excellent positioning make him one of the best at the spot in the country…will hit second or third in the order again, featuring a bat that drives in a lot of runs by finding gaps and fences with regularity…willing to give himself up to move runners along…possesses baseball smarts beyond his years…should continue his assault on the record book and is a strong candidate for multiple post-season honors once again.  

2014: The face of the program and one of the country’s elite players, he put together another outstanding season at the plate and on the mound…posted several career-bests and led the team in nearly every significant offensive category on the way to All-GSAC, GSAC Gold Glove, and NAIA All-American (honorable mention) honors for the second year in a row…hit a career-best .373, the fifth-highest mark in the GSAC…had 23 multi-hit games, including six three-hit outings…was third in the conference with 45 rbi, highlighted by back-to-back, four-rbi performances vs. Arizona Christian on 4/11/14 and 4/12/14…wound up with nine multi-rbi games…was hit by a pitch a school-record 15 times for the second year in a row and is the program’s all-time leader with 38…got on base a career-high 48.3% of the time and notched a career-best 1.061 OPS…finished second in the GSAC with a career-high 28 stolen bases…scored two or more runs in a game 10 times…committed no errors in  123 chances, leading to his second straight Glove Glove award…moved into the top 10 in multiple career categories including rbi (No. 6), doubles (No. 6), runs (No. 7), total bases (No. 8), and hits (No. 9)…took his talents to the mound, too, where he earned the GSAC’s top honor for a relief pitcher after fashioning a 1.14 earned-run average and collecting seven saves…was scored on in only three of his 17 appearances and struck out a season-high three batters on two occasions…showed excellence in the classroom, as well, earning GSAC Scholar Athlete kudos.

2013: Putting together one of the most impressive offensive seasons in recent memory, the sophomore developed into one of the premier players in the NAIA, nabbing GSAC Player of the Year honors and NAIA first-team All-American kudos…attacking the ball with ferocity, he led the GSAC in rbi, doubles, total bases, hit by pitches, and on-base percentage, finished second in hits, home runs, and slugging percentage, and was third in runs scored and stolen bases…produced 17 multi-hit games, highlighted by a career-high five hits against San Diego Christian on 3/22/13…had a pair of four-hit outings and a trio of three-hit performances…had 16 multi-rbi games…drove in a career-high six runs in a 3-5, two-homer showing against Westmont on 3/8/13…hit two home runs and drove in five in a GSAC Tournament game vs. Concordia on 5/3/13…scored two or more runs in a game 14 times…made only three errors in 125 chances in the outfield, earning a spot on the GSAC Gold Glove Team.

2012: Highly-touted first-year player did not disappoint during his first collegiate season despite going through the typical ups and downs…started all of the club’s 55 games, the majority of them in left field…led the club in hit-by-pitches (8) and tied for the team lead with four sacrifice flies…finished second on the team in runs scored, doubles, home runs, and rbi…had two or more hits in 17 games, including a trio of three-hit outings…drove in two or more runs 12 times…went 2-4, clubbed a home run, and drove in three runs vs. San Diego Christian on 3/10/12…led the Mustangs to a 9-8 victory in a first-round GSAC Tournament game vs. Biola on 5/1/12, going 3-5 with a homer and driving in three runs.

Chatsworth HS: Three-year varsity player was a highly-decorated performer on one of the most successful teams in Southern California…as a sophomore, he saw limited playing time on a senior-laden squad that won the CIF Los Angeles City Section championship…hit .300 and had a .440 on-base percentage…a year later, he was instrumental in leading the Chancellors to the semi-finals of the city section playoffs…earning a starting job, he shined as the club’s leadoff hitter, pacing the Chancellors in batting average (.425), runs scored, walks, and on-base percentage (.564)…in addition, he sparkled on the mound, making 15 appearances as the club’s closer, going 5-1 with three saves while striking out 45 in 43 innings of work and posting a 1.63 earned-run average…named Chatsworth HS MVP and the West Valley League co-MVP…was a first-team All-CIF City Section selection, first-team All-Area by the Daily News, and second-team All-State by MaxPreps…capped an outstanding prep career in 2011 when he led the Chancellors back to the City Section championship game at Dodger Stadium where he went 4-4 with two rbi and a pair of stolen bases in a heartbreaking, 8-6 loss to San Fernando HS…hit .353 to go along with a .533 on-base percentage and a .565 slugging mark…clubbed a team-high three home runs, scored 37 runs, and drove in 28 more while walking 28 times…on the hill, he was 3-0…repeated West Valley League, All-CIF, and Daily News All-Area honors, and was a third-team all-state choice by Cal-Hi Sports…producing in the classroom, too, he was named to Chatsworth’s Principal’s High Honor List each semester, chosen as a Class of 2011 valedictorian, and earned a 2011 CIF/Farmer’s Los Angeles City Section Scholar-Athlete of the Year Award.