June 28, 2007
SAN DIEGO, Calif. - Freshman closer AJ Griffin continues to pour on the awards, as the El Cajon, Calif. native was named Freshman All-American by Baseball America.
Griffin, a first-team All-West Coast Conference selection and Collegiate baseball Freshman All-American, quickly became a big help for the Toreros, as he served as USD's primary closer. The right-hander from Grossmont High School, etched his name into the single-season record books at USD having recorded 11 saves on the season to place second in the category, only trailing Tony Perez's 13 saves set during the 2003 season. Griffin posted an overall record of 6-2 with a team-leading 2.70 ERA. Griffin also fanned 65 batters and issued only 23 walks in 34 appearances this season.
Griffin was impressive in almost all of his appearances this season including a 5.0 inning performance against the USC Trojans on Feb. 10. The freshman allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out five in helping lead USD to a victory over the Trojans.
Griffin was also impressive in his longest outing of the season, a 6.0 inning effort against cross-town rival San Diego State University. In that game, Griffin held the Aztecs bats at bay, allowing one run on one hit while striking out a career-high seven batters, as he help lead USD to its seventh consecutive win over the Aztecs.