24 Ben Burgess
24 Ben Burgess
Height: 6-0
Weight: 195
Year: Junior
Hometown: Brentwood, Tenn.
High School: Brentwood
Position: C/RF
Major: Accounting

AT TECH IN 2010: Burgess started 49 games of 55 for the Golden Eagles last season, primarily behind the plate. At the plate, he finished with a .293 average (58-198), his highest of the year. Twice he went 4-for-5, once against SIUE and another tiem during the OVC post-season tournament against Jacksonville State. A member of the OVC post-season all-tournament team, Burgess upped his average by 27 points, going 11-21 during the tournament with six RBI. On the season, Burgess notched 58 hits including nine doubles and five home runs, two of which came against Murray State to help Tech sweep the Racers and earn the regular season no. 1 spot. Defensively, Burgess led the team in put-outs with 392 and recorded a .979 fielding percentage. He batted in a total of 58 runs and scored 39 himself, and maintained a .414 slugging percentage and .358 on-base percentage.

AT TECH IN 2009: Ben started 54 games for the Golden Eagles in the outfield and behind the dish in 2009…named to the OVC all-newcomer team after batting .316 with a .414 slugging percentage…led the team in at-bats (215) and was second in hits (68) and RBIs (45)…tied for the team lead with 16 multi-hit games, including three four-hit games and two three-hit games…had 12 multi-RBI games including a career-high five RBIs against Middle Tennessee on Feb. 25 after going 4-for-5 with a double and a home run…hit four home runs and nine doubles on the season…had the second-longest hit-streak of any Golden Eagle during the 2009 season with nine consecutive games with a hit…started two games on the mound for the Golden Eagles and pitched in eight for a total of 22.1 innings pitched…got his first victory in the OVC tournament-clinching game against Jacksonville State after throwing four innings of one-hit ball and recording four strikeouts as Tech topped the Gamecocks 4-3 in 10 innings…was named to the OVC all-tournament team.

Was named team MVP, and an all-district, all-region and all-State selection...set single season records with 57 hits, 46 RBIs and 19 doubles his senior season with a .479 batting average...had a .390 batting average and 37 RBIs his sophomore season…was named Rookie of the Year after his freshman campaign…finished his career with 170 hits, 123 runs scored and 119 RBIs...also excelled in the classroom, with a 3.8 GPA, and earned TSSAA Academic Award.

Full name is Benjamin Davis Burgess…son of Barry and Doe Burgess…born Aug. 7, 1989…grandfather Kenneth Redmond played football and basketball at Tech in 1945-46…majoring in accounting.