PHILADELPHIA - After a season that saw him go 3-3 with a 2.24 ERA, Gabe Kleiman of the University of Pennsylvania baseball team was honored by the Philadelphia Big Five as the Student-Athlete of the Year, an award given to the top athlete with a grade point average of 3.30. Kleiman was second in the Ivy League in ERA and posted a 1.82 ERA against conference foes in 2016. He is the first Quaker to receive the award since Steve Gable in 2008.
A transfer from Bard College, Kleiman started nine games and led the Quakers in inning pitched, ERA, and held hitters to just a .234 average. He allowed no more than three runs in any outing last season, not allowing a run three times. The junior was also named to the All-Big Five team and second-team All-Ivy.
Joining Kleiman on the All-Big Five team are Tim Graul, Ryan Mincher, and Gary Tesch. The Ivy League Player of the Year, Tim Graul hit .364 with an Ivy League leading eight home runs, 21 doubles, and 35 RBIs. Mincher bounced back after a rocky start to hit .257 with five home runs and 24 RBIs, including a .333 clip against the Ivy League. A great senior campaign for Gary Tesch that saw him hit .335, concludes with an All-Big Five selection to match his first-team All-Ivy nod.
Penn finished the season 19-22 and 10-10 in the Ivy League. The Quakers had six players named to the All-Ivy team, including the Ivy League Player of the Year, Tim Graul, and Rookie of the Year, Matt O'Neill.