Joe Van Gorder (1999-2001)
Van Gorder is one of the top two-way players in Alfred State College baseball history. During his time at Alfred, he helped the program to WNYAC, Region III, and NYS Division I Championships. The Pioneers were 93-36 during his career.
On the mound, Van Gorder is the hardest throwing left hander in ASC history. He accumulated an 11-4 career record including a 10-3 record as a sophomore in 2001. Van Gorder struck out 135 batters in his career and currently holds the college records for most strikeouts in a season (108) and the most strikeouts in a game (13). At the plate he was a .351 career hitter with 36 doubles, three triples, two home runs, and 79 RBI.
Van Gorder was named the Region III Player of the Year, 1st team All-Region, and the Alfred State College most valuable pitcher in 2001.
After Alfred State, Van Gorder attended West Virginia University on a baseball scholarship. Following playing one year at WVU, he was drafted in the 14th round of the MLB draft by the St. Louis Cardinals. He spent the next two seasons in the Cardinal organization before returning back to New York to play with the Elmira Pioneers of the Can-Am League.
Currently, Van Gorder is a member of the SWAT team in Alachua City, FL.