With his school’s basketball team upsetting Duke in the men’s NCAA tournament and Kennesaw State baseball advancing to the NCAA Super Regional, he knew there would likely be other premier athletes that would qualify.
So it was a surprise to the former Dominion Christian star when he was selected, making him the first Mercer athlete to earn the honor since basketball standout Will Emerson was chosen in 2005.
“I didn’t know if it was for the entire conference or just baseball,” Workman said. “Our conference has been so successful. Kennesaw just had a great run and Mercer beat Duke so it’s respectful on a national level. My name being put up there with all the other athletes in that great conference is a true honor.”
Workman graduated with a degree in communications with a 4.0 GPA. He was the third Mercer athlete to be named to the Capital One Academic All-American team.
He also participated in community service events such as Habitat for Humanity and was a volunteer for the Macon Miracle League, boys and Girls Club of Middle Georgia and Must Ministries of Atlanta.
Workman hit .287 with eight doubles, five home runs, 27 RBIs and had a .395 on-base percentage and helped Mercer post a 38-17 record – good enough for a second-place finish in the conference.
If there was one stamp the recent graduate put on Mercer’s program, he left as the school’s all-time career leader with 272 hits. He broke a 31-year-old record of 264 hits set by Tim Smith on May 9 when he got his 265th career hit in Mercer’s 4-2 win over Stetson.
Workman played all three outfield positions during his four-year career before settling at right field his junior and senior seasons, and led the Bears to NCAA tournament appearances in 2010 and 2013.
“We had some great ball players come through Macon down here, super talented ball players and great programs,” Workman said. “I was able to do that and help the team win a lot of games.”
He was often on the field during his four-year stint, having started every game his first two years. He appeared in all 58 games he played last year and just missed two starts this season.
Professional baseball isn’t in the works at the moment for Workman. He’s currently applying for a master’s degree in sports management and has also expressed interest in being a bible teacher or an athletic director for a Christian university.