April 24, 2012
By Alan Grosbach, Manager of Communications & Sports Information Photo by Jim Smith
KANSAS CITY, Mo. - A.J. Work of The Master's (Calif.) has been named the NAIA National Baseball Pitcher of the Week, the NAIA national office announced Tuesday. Work was selected based on his performances from April 16 - 22 and was chosen out of a pool of conference/independent/unaffiliated groupings.
Work, a native of Boise, Idaho, finished the week 2-0 after leading the Mustangs to victories against Golden State Athletic Conference (GSAC) rivals Vanguard (Calif.), 9-1, on April 16 and then-No. 12 Concordia (Calif.), 2-1, on April 21. Against Vanguard, the junior lefthander scattered five hits over 7.1 innings, while allowing one run, striking out four and walking one. Work continued his stellar week against the nationally ranked Eagles, allowing one run on six hits over seven innings. The performance marks the ninth time in 14 appearances that he has thrown at least seven innings.
On the year, Work leads the squad with a 9-2 record and ranks second on the team in earned run average (2.02), innings pitched (89.0) and strikeouts (50).
For a complete listing of all the national statistical leaders, click here.
The next NAIA Baseball Pitcher and Player of the Week announcement will be on May 1.