27 Louisiana Tech student-athletes will earn their degrees Saturday
The series resumes at 6:30 p.m. on Friday with Braden Bristo set to start for the Bulldogs
The series concludes at 1 p.m. tomorrow as seven Bulldogs will be honored on Senior Day
The 49ers scored eight runs in the first four innings of Friday's game
The Bulldogs will kick off their final home series at 6 p.m. on Friday
2014: Saw action in 43 of the Bulldogs' 50 games this season, including starting 38 games in center field ... Posted a .226 average at the plate with five doubles, two home runs, 13 runs and three stolen bases in his senior season ... Enjoyed a career day at the plate with a perfect 4-for-4 effort with a home run, two RBI and a run scored on March 25 against Grambling ... Also totaled three base hits in as many at bats on March 29 at UTSA ... Hit his second home run of his senior season on April 25 as he helped lead the Bulldogs to a 7-5 victory over Alabama A&M ... Recorded seven multiple-hit games this season, including being the only player on the team to total four hits in a game this season ... During his four years in a Bulldog uniform, he appeared in 148 games, while starting 112 of those in the outfield ... He has totaled 16 doubles in his career, as well as six home runs, 35 RBI and nine stolen bases ... Has thrown out a total of 18 runners on the base paths from the outfield in his four-year career at Louisiana Tech, more than any other Bulldog outfielder in the last 12 years ... With eight outfield assists in 2014, he ranked third in the nation among all Division 1 players in that category, while also helping the Bulldogs achieve a No. 3 ranking in the country in outfield assists as a team ... He is a two-time All-Academic recipient ... Was named to the Conference USA Commissioner's Honor Roll for the spring.
2013: Started 41 of the 49 games he appeared in as an outfielder for the Bulldogs ... Hit .225 with five doubles, a home run, 17 RBI and 20 runs in his junior campaign ... Was a perfect 3-for-3 with a double, RBI and a run scored March 8 versus Nebraska ... Totaled two base hits in as many at bats with a double and a run scored after coming on as a pinch hitter March 13 at Rice ... Had a career day at the plate and helped lead Tech to a 9-4 victory over CSU Bakersfield after going 2-for-4 with a grand slam, the first of his career, a career-high four RBI and a run scored ... Walked a season and career-high three times in a single game April 23 at Grambling ... Recorded multiple hits on six separate occasions in 2013 ... Had five assists from his primary position of center field ... Stole three bases in four attempts over the course of the season.
2012: Saw action in 47 games, while starting 30 as the right-fielder for the Bulldogs ... Recorded five doubles, three homeruns and a .225 batting average ... Stole two bases in two attempts ... Career-high three hits in four AB and 1 RBI March 31 at Oral Roberts ... Season-high two RBI April 10 vs. Stephen F. Austin ... Went a perfect 2-2 at the plate with two runs scored Feb. 17 vs. UT Arlington ... Notched his first career homerun Feb. 29 on the road facing SEC foe Vanderbilt with a ninth inning homer off the bench in a 9-3 win.
2011: Made his collegiate debut in the ninth inning against Nicholls State (2/19)... Hit a two-run single in his first career at-bat against Grambling State (2/20)... Made his first collegiate start in RF at UALR (3/1)... Tallied his first career double against Mississippi Valley State (5/11) after earning the start in CF... Appeared in 9 games with three starts in the outfield... Ended the season with three hits in 11 at-bats with three RBIs, one double and one stolen base.
High School: Lettered four years as a prep standout at Neville High School... Hit .460 as a senior and was named a first-team all-State performer in addition to picking up all-Northeast Louisiana and all-District honors... Earned three letters in football and was named MVP of the state championship game his senior year after completing 17-for-25 passes for 307 yards and three touchdowns and rushing for 91 yards... Also received two letters in soccer and one in track while serving as student body president, president of the Student Council and was a member of FCA.
Personal: Full name is Taylor Bradford Burch... Son of Brad and Deena Burch... Has two sisters, Ashton and Amanda... Chose Louisiana Tech over offers from Memphis, TCU and Tulsa... Majoring in kinesiology... Born on Oct. 2, 1991 in Monroe, La.
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