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AJ Griffin
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AJ Griffin

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
El Cajon, CA

High School:
Grossmont HS

Height / Weight:
6-5 / 215

Position:
RHP

B/T:
R/R

JUNIOR (2009): Appeared in 17 games, making nine starts...became a weekly starters once conference play began...posted an 8-3 record, had three saves and posted an ERA of 3.33 ERA...named first-team All-WCC...set career-highs for a season in wins (8), strikeouts (85), and innings pitched (81.0)...In eight relief appearances, fanned 27 batters and posted a 2.45 ERA (6er/22ip)...established a 6-2 record in his nine starts, striking out 58 and walking 21 in 59 ip...made his first career start on 3/21 against Brown, pitching 5.0 innings while allowing one earned run and striking out five in the winning decision...finished the season in stylish fashion, on three days rest, allowed no runs and struck out seven against No. 1 UC Irvine in a no decision (5/13).

SOPHOMORE (2008): Made 29 appearances as the Toreros closer...posted a team best 1.96 ERA in 46.0 innings of work....set the program single-season record with 14 saves on the season...became the all-time leader in career saves with 25... named first-team All-WCC...was named a Louisville Slugger third-team All-American...helped the team win the WCC regular-season championship and advance to the championship game of the Long Beach Regional...helped the team post a program-best 16-game winning streak...allowed nine earned runs and 11 walks while striking out 41 batters on the season...held opponents to a .199 batting average...picked up one save after 2.0 innings of work and five strikeouts against Fresno State (2/29/08)...Allowed only one hit in 2.2 innings to pick up his 12th save against UCLA (5/6/08).

FRESHMAN (2007): Made a team-leading 34 appearances while serving as USD's closer...helped team win the WCC regular-season Championship...helped Toreros achieve a program-best No. 4 national ranking... named first-team All-WCC ...named freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball, and rival.com...posted a record of 6-2 with an ERA of 2.70 and recorded 11 saves, to place him second at USD in single-season saves...had his longest outing in a win against San Diego State allowing one run on one hit while striking out a career-high seven in 6.0 innings of work (3/11/07)...allowed two runs on five hits, while striking out five in a win against USC (2/10/07)...allowed no runs on one hit while striking out five in a win against Virginia Commonwealth (2/18/07).

HIGH SCHOOL: Earned four varsity letters in baseball while playing at nearby Grossmont High School and for coach Rob Phillips...as a sophomore he posted a 5-2 record with an ERA of 2.40...as a junior posted an 8-3 record with a 1.99 ERA, posted 85 strikeouts in 67 innings of work en route to being selected as the San Diego Division II Pitcher of the Year...as a senior posted a 11-3 record with a 1.49 ERA, while also picking up 110 strikeouts in 91 innings of work en route to being named the San Diego Section Player of the Year for Division II.

PERSONAL: Arthur Joseph Griffin was born on Jan. 28, 1988...is the son of Tim and Kathy Griffin...was also recruited by Long Beach State, UC Irvine, UC Riverside, Arizona State and Arizona...chose to attend USD because of the campus, academics and because of the excellent baseball program...plans to major in business...is fluent in Spanish and enjoys playing the guitar in his spare time.