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Taylor Braley
Taylor  Braley

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Hattiesburg, Miss.

High School:
Oak Grove HS

Height / Weight:
5-11 / 240

Position:
IF/RHP

Experience:
1L

B/T:
R/R

06/15/2017

Matt Wallner, Taylor Braley Named D1Baseball.com All-Americans

Wallner named first team and Braley garnered second team accolades.

06/15/2017

More Recognition Earned by Golden Eagle Baseball

The trio of Taylor Braley, Nick Sandlin and Matt Wallner were recognized by two different postseason team announcements.

06/14/2017

Two More Baseball Players Taken During Final Day of MLB First-Year Player Draft

Dylan Burdeaux and Hayden Roberts were both chosen on the final day.

06/13/2017

Pair of Local Golden Eagles Taken in Top 10 Rounds of MLB First-Year Player Draft

Taylor Braley got picked in the sixth round (Miami) and Kirk McCarty went in the seventh (Cleveland).

06/08/2017

Braley, Wallner Earn Second-Team All-America Honors by Baseball America

This is the first time since 2003 that the school has had two players recognized by the publication in the same year.

06/04/2017

Baseball vs South Alabama

Baseball vs South Alabama

05/28/2017

Baseball vs Charlotte - Game 2

Conference USA Baseball Tournament

05/28/2017

Baseball vs Rice

Baseball vs Rice

05/27/2017

Baseball vs Charlotte

Baseball vs Charlotte - Game 12

05/26/2017

Baseball vs UTSA

Baseball vs UTSA

Named 2017 first-team All-Conference USA (utility player)…Named to 2017 Conference USA Baseball All-Tournament team. 2017 (Jr.): Started all 61 games he appeared in (49 at third base, 11 at pitcher, 1 at designated hitter)…Missed one game with bruised thumb…Sixth among players with at least 100 plate appearances, hitting .317…Set school’s single-season record with 59 walks (topping Doug Cronk’s 57, 1988)…Mashed walk-off, two-run home run in elimination game in C-USA Tournament vs. Charlotte (5/27, 1st game)Led team with seven sacrifice flies; second on team with 16 home runs, .587 slugging percentage; tied for second with 58 runs scored; third with 58 RBIs, 128 total bases, .464 on-base percentage; fourth with 69 hits…18 multi-hit games; season-high three hits, four times; vs. Evansville (2/26), at New Orleans (3/8), vs. Florida Atlantic (5/6), at Texas-San Antonio (5/19, 1st game)…15 multi-RBI games; career-high five RBI at Rice (4/16)…18 multi-run games; season-high three runs at Texas-San Antonio (5-19, 2nd game)…Hit two home runs in season opener vs. Northeastern (2/17). Started out as Golden Eagles’ midweek starter before moving into weekend rotation…Appeared in 13 games, including 12 starts…Finished 6-2 with a 3.30 ERA…His 76 1/3 innings pitched rank second on team, his 74 strikeouts, third…Allowed two hits in 7 1/3 innings, striking out 11 at New Orleans (3/8)…Struck out career-high 12 in 6 2/3 innings vs. Ole Miss (4/11)…Threw seven shutout innings, seven strikeouts, vs. UAB (5/14)…Topped that with eight shutout innings, nine strikeouts, in an elimination game in C-USA tourney vs. Texas-San Antonio (5/26). One of three Golden Eagles named first-team Preseason All-Conference USA.

2016 (So.): Enjoyed stellar start to second season before suffering season-ending knee injury at Charlotte (4/2)…Started 27 games at third base before injury…Named national player of the month by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association after hitting .480 with five home runs and 12 RBIs in seven February games…Was the Collegiate Baseball/Louisville Slugger Player of Week (2/22)…Was hitting .323 with 31 RBI when season ended…Even though appearing in only 27 games, still led team in slugging percentage (.688), was tied for second in home runs (10) and eighth in total bases (66)….Had seven, multiple-hit games, including a trio of three-hit contests…Scored two runs in a game six times…Collected multiple RBI in seven games, including a trio of four-RBI games…Hit home runs in three, consecutive games twice (2/19-21; 3/22; 3/24-25)…Had two home runs at Charlotte (4/1)…Hit first career grand slam versus UTSA (3/25)…Earned Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for the fall semester and the Dean’s List during the spring semester…One of four, former Oak Grove teammates on Golden Eagles’ roster.

2015 (Fr.): Named to Conference USA All-Freshman team…Appeared in 47 games, with 44 starts (36 at third base, eight at second base), hitting .286 with 25 RBIs and 25 runs…Had 50 hits, 11 doubles and three home runs…Five-hit game, including two doubles, with three RBIs and three runs in first game win in double header at Louisiana Tech (3/20)… Four-hit game with four RBIs in series-clinching win at Western Kentucky (4/12)…Two, three-hit games among his 14 multi-hit games…Collected 14 hits during six-game hitting streak (3/17-3/28)…Complied 98 assists while committing just six errors...Appeared in three February games as relief pitcher, allowing eight hits and four runs (one earned) in three innings.

Prep: Two-sport standout at Oak Grove High School…Played for Coach Chris McCardle, a four-year letterman at third base and pitcher…Also earned three letters in football for Coach Nevil Barr…Helped the Warriors capture two Mississippi Class 6A state baseball championships (2012, 2014)...Posted a 20-2 pitching record over his four-year career, including nine saves and a 1.57 earned run average…Fanned 203 in 151 2/3 career innings, while giving up 99 hits and 43 walks…At the plate, hit .364 (144x396) with 43 doubles, 15 home runs and 143 runs batted in…As senior, went 6-2 with 1.34 ERA and three saves…Started two games…Struck out 74 in 47 innings…Hit .446 with 13 doubles, four homers and 37 RBI…As junior, went 9-0 with a 1.56 ERA…Had 83 strikeouts in 62 2/3 innings.

Personal: Son of Hope Thomley and Lehman Braley…One brother, Garrett; one sister, Brooke…Dad lettered for the Golden Eagles football team (1988-91)…Brother played baseball at William Carey…General Studies major.

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