#16 AJ Work
Pos: P
Height: 5-11
Weight: 195
Year: SR
Major: Kinesiology & Physical Education
Parents: Mike & Lynn
Birthday: 11/12
Hometown: Boise, ID
High School: Timberline

2013: The ace of the staff and one of the country’s top hurlers should lead an outstanding rotation by example and in production…exudes excellent mound presence, giving confidence to those who catch him and those behind him…will give the club a shot to win every time he goes to the mound…eats up a lot of innings and expects to throw complete games…works both sides of the plate quickly with outstanding command…pounds the zone and possesses an arsenal of “out” pitches…already in the top ten, he will continue to work his way up the career wins list as the season progresses…should be a candidate for all-conference and All-American honors.    

2012: Lived up to his preseason billing as the number one starter, putting up ace-like numbers en route to All-GSAC honors…led the conference in wins (11) and finished second behind teammate Charlie Gillies with a 2.48 earned-run average…his win total was the third-best, single-season mark in program history…his 18 career wins are 10th on the all-time list while his 3.18 ERA ranks him fourth…started a staff-high 14 games and walked only 15 batters in 98 innings of work…went at least six innings in each of his starts…posted four, seven-inning starts in which he gave up no earned runs…tossed his only shutout of the campaign vs. Menlo on 2/17/12 when he struck out a season-best seven and walked none while tossing a five-hitter…matched his season-high in strikeouts vs. Fresno Pacific on 3/1/12 when he moved to 4-1…blanked San Diego Christian on a season-low two hits through seven frames on 3/8/12, picking up his fifth victory of the year…earned a hard-luck no-decision vs. Biola on 3/22/12, going seven strong innings…ironically, he earned his 10th win of the season in relief, tossing an inning of scoreless ball vs. La Sierra on 4/27/12…despite surrendering a season-high eight runs (seven earned) vs. Biola on 5/1/12, he notched his 11th win in a first-round, GSAC Tournament game.

2011: Made a seamless segue to the starting rotation and developed into the staff’s top hurler…tied for the team lead in wins and paced the squad with six complete games…his 2.61 ERA was the fourth-best single-season mark in school history…displayed outstanding control, walking only 12 in 76 innings of work…went at least six innings in nine of his 12 starts…won his first start vs. Patten on 1/29/11, giving up three hits and striking out five over six innings…his first complete-game effort was a gem when he struck out six and allowed no earned runs vs. William Carey on 2/12/11…earned a hard-luck no-decision vs. California Baptist on 3/26/11 when he tossed seven innings without giving up an earned run…he earned his sixth win of the season vs. Azusa Pacific on 4/16/11, whiffing six batters and blanking the Cougars on just four hits…capped an outstanding campaign on 5/18/11, one-hitting Judson of Illinois while striking out eight in a second-round game of the NCCAA National Tournament.

2010: First-year player made six starts in the field and 11 appearances, all in relief, on the mound…drove in his only run of the season with a sacrifice fly vs. Berry of Georgia on 2/13/10…went 2-6 as a pinch hitter…whiffed 12 batters in 15.1 innings of work…picked up a save with one inning of scoreless relief in a 4-3, 10-inning victory over Pt. Loma Nazarene on 4/15/10.

Timberline HS: One of the most decorated athletes in program history, he left as the winningest pitcher (26-3) and strikeout king (152)…played for Coach Larry Price and was on Wolves’ teams that qualified for the state tournament all four years, finishing third in 2006 and second (27-4) in 2009…hit .404 in his sophomore year (2007) with 20 rbi and went 7-1 on the mound with 31 strikeouts and a 2.14 ERA…named All-Southern Idaho Conference first-team designated hitter…a year later, he hit .406, drove in 22 runs, and was undefeated (10-0) on the hill…struck out 54 batters and fashioned a 1.64 ERA on the way to All-SIC first-team pitcher honors…capped an outstanding prep career in 2009 by going 9-2 and striking out 67 in 61 innings of work…swatted seven home runs, drove in 39 runs, and batted .357…voted all-league at first base…received a plaque on the Timberline Wall of Fame.