2014 Bells pitcher and current Pacific Lutheran University closer A.J. Konopaski was recently named to D3baseball.com's preseason All-America First Team for NCAA Division III baseball.
Konopaski, a senior closer, is the first player for the Lutes to ever make a First-Team All-American team and the lone reliever on the first team.
In 2014, he racked up 13 saves with a 1.10 earned run average and a 2-0 record, the best record of any reliever in PLU Baseball history. His 13 saves led all of NCAA Division 3.
As a Bell in 2014, Konopaski pitched 3 innings of relief for the Bells during an early season 10-day contract. In 3 innings of work, he was credited with one save and four strikeouts.
"This is a terrific honor for A.J. to receive and it couldn't happen to a more deserving person," Bells pitching coach and recruiting coordinator Jim Clem said. "With the Bells, his talent and leadership helped get us off to a fast start. He was very much so a part of creating the great team chemistry that we had. We all wish him, and his PLU team, the best of luck this coming season."
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