#27 Jason Karkenny
Pos: P
Height: 6-3
Weight: 210
Year: SR
Major: Business Administration
Parents: David & Ruth
Birthday: September 28
Hometown: Chatsworth, CA
High School: Chatsworth

2017: The undisputed ace of the staff returns for his final collegiate season during which he should cement his status as one of the elite pitchers in program history...relishes taking the ball every start and is fearless in challenging opposing batters...has excellent command and movement on a variety of pitches...a savvy veteran, he manipulates pitches, changes speeds effectively, and keeps hitters off-balance...very durable, he'll eat up innings and pitch deep into games...will move up the ladder on several career pitching lists and is on the cusp of becoming the winningest hurler in program annals...should vie for postseason honors.

2016: Continuing to build on his reputation as one of the finest starters in the country, the workhorse of the staff established several personal-highs in multiple categories on the way to winning 11 games for the second year in a row…led the staff in appearances (23), starts (21), and innings pitched (121.2), and tied fellow starter Conner Menez with his win total…went the distance just one time but pitched seven or more innings eight times…his lone complete-game outing came in a gutsy performance against William Carey of Mississippi on 5/19/16 that clinched the NAIA National Championship Opening Round championship…eight days earlier, he kept alive the Mustangs’ goal of winning the GSAC Tournament when he tossed nine innings of no-earned run, 10-strikeout ball against Menlo in a game the Mustangs eventually won…allowed no earned runs in five of his starts…struck out a season-high 10 batters twice during the campaign…etched his name further in the program’s record books, moving up to No. 2 in career wins (30), No. 4 in earned-run average (2.95), and No. 5 in innings pitched (293.1).

2015: Enjoyed a historic and seamless transition to a starter’s job, embracing his developing role as ace with enthusiasm and solid results en route to All-GSAC honors…led the starting staff in innings pitched, wins (tied for the GSAC lead), complete games, opponents’ batting average, and tied for the lead in strikeouts…pitched deep into games, going seven or more innings 10 times…allowed no earned runs in three of his starts…notched his first win of the season with five innings of shutout ball vs. Biola on 1/30/15…made history on 2/6/15 when he threw the program’s first perfect game against San Diego Christian, striking out a season-high eight…picked up his 10th win of the campaign on 4/24/15 when he limited Vanguard to two earned runs over eight innings…six days later, he beat Vanguard again, this time in the opening game of the GSAC Tournament when he went the distance to earn his 11th win…pitched well enough to beat the Lions in a NAIA National Championship Opening Round game on 5/12/15 but had to settle for a no-decision…moved up to No. 9 on the college’s career wins list with 19 and his 2.41 earned-run average is the top mark in program history. 

2014: The righthander’s first collegiate season was nothing short of sparkling as he led the staff with eight wins despite starting only one game…out of the bullpen, he proved himself in long relief, as a setup man, and as a closer…led the GSAC with 21 appearances…earned his first save with three strong innings vs. Biola on 1/25/14…notched his initial win two days later with a pair of strong innings vs. Simpson…picked up wins five and six against Corban (OR) and Arizona Christian, respectively, on 2/17/14 and 2/21/14, hurling 4.1 innings against the former and four innings against the latter…won his only start of the season against La Sierra on 4/1/14, hurling three innings of no earned-run ball…tossed a season-high seven innings vs. Davenport (MI) in an NAIA National Championship Opening Round game on 5/12/14…struck out four batters twice, once in his collegiate debut vs. Simpson on 1/17/14.