A.J. Pinera#27 Bats/Throws: R/R
Position: RHP Ht.: 6-3 Wt.: 185
Hometown: Tampa, Fla.
Previous School: Hillsborough CC
Eligibility: Sr. Major: Finance
As a Junior: Collected 41 strikeouts in 47.0 innings…Started eight of his 12 total appearances as a Spartan…Begin his Spartan career with 3.0 scoreless innings with three strikeouts against Rollins (2/10)…Collected his first career win against West Alabama (2/15) throwing four two-hit innings in relief…Allowed no runs in 4.2 innings against Lynn (3/28)…Earned second victory of season against Saint Leo (4/11)…Threw 3.0 innings against Lynn (5/14) in NCAA South Regional…Had a season-high five strikeouts on four occasions.
As a Sophomore (HCC): Had 58 strikeouts in 71.1 innings at HCC…Compiled a 2.90 ERA and a 6-3 record during his sophomore season...Appeared in 11 games...Named HCC's Pitcher of the Year.
As a Freshman (HCC): Pitched in two games in his first collegiate season before suffering season-ending injury.
High School: Attended Sickles High School, where he played for head coach Bob Pagano...Once struck out nine batters in a row...Also fanned 12 hitters in five innings.
Personal: Honor student in high school and recipient of Bright Futures Scholarship...Volunteered for a homeless outreach through his church...Nephew of Tony and Bertha Saladino of Tampa’s Saladino Tournament…Son of Rocky and Anna Pinera...Has an older sister, Valerie...Finance major…Birthdate: 7/2/87.