2007 ESPN The Magazine Academic All-District second team
2007 Second Team All-BIG EAST
2007 All-Columbia Regional
2006 BIG EAST Player of the Week (2/27)
2004 Conference USA All-Freshman Team
2004 Baseball America Top 10 Prospect CGBL
Tied for fourth in games played, taking the field 225 times for the Cardinals. Coming to the Cardinals from the sunny side of Louisville in New Albany, Indiana, he ranks fifth in career at bats (806), seventh in doubles (48), and has been hit by a pitch 37 times, good for third in UofL history. He played in all 71 games in 2007 at first and right field, tying him for fifth all-time. He also spent time in center and left as a Card. His 282 at bats is second in single season history, his 19 HBP's is third and 21 steals was good for ninth. He was named second team All-BIG EAST and All-Regional as well as to the second-team CoSida/ESPN the Magazine All-District Academic team. With a 3.49 GPA in Computer Information Systems, he will receive his degree this spring. He played one season for the Independent League Evansville Otters and is now a student assistant coach for Dan McDonnell and the Cardinals.
2007: Named to the All-Regional Team, Second Team All-BIG EAST and Academic All-District second team by ESPN the Magazine. Drilled a three-run homer and a double in win over MSU(6/17) in College World Series during 3 for 6 effort. Was 2 for 5 with an RBI single and two runs in Super Regional clinching win over OSU(6/10). Went 3 for 6 with two runs and two RBI in regional championship win over Missouri (6/4). Had a pair of two-run singles, including the tiebreaker in the NCAA Regional win over Miami(6/1). Drilled a solo home run to put the Cards up for good in 8-1 win over Rutgers (5/23) in the BIG EAST Championship, also stealing two bases. Was 1 for 2, scored a run, was hit by a pitch, , doubled, delivered a sac fly, stole two bases and had 14 putouts in win over Notre Dame to complete sweep(5/13). Went 3 for 4, driving in two runs and scoring three in win at IU (5/9). Drove in four runs, drilling a home run to center and walking three times in two win over USF. Was 2 for 4 with three RBI and a two-run home run at UK (4/25) with an outfield assist. Went 8 for 19, scoring seven runs during four-game road swing that produced a win at WKU(4/17) and a sweep at Seton Hall. Was 3 for 5 with two RBI in win over Kentucky (4/11). Smoked a pinch-hit two-run home run in win over Marshall (4/3). Scored a career-best three runs, going 2 for 4 with a double, walk, stolen base and two RBI in win over Xavier (3/18). Homered in 2 for 4 effort in win over Xavier (3/17). Went 2 for 4 with a run scored at Evansville (3/14). Singled twice and stole a base, driving in the tying run with two out in the bottom of the ninth against Kent (3/11).Blasted a two run home run and a double, adding a stolen base, three runs and 14 putouts in win over Indiana State (3/9). Two for four with a solo home run that tied the game, and two runs scored against ISU (3/4). Drove in two in won over Illinois State (3/2). Was 2 for 5 with a walk, RBI and a run scored in win over Morehead (2/28). Belted his first career triple, going 2 for 5 with an RBI and a run scored in win at Stetson (2/24). Was 2 for 4 with an RBI, run scored, was hit by a pitch and swiped two bags for the first time in his career in win over Murray (2/20). Picked up his third career four-hit game against SIU (2/18).
2006: Hit .300, driving in 33 runs as one of two players to start all 60 games for the Cards. Hit his 17th double in 2 for 4 effort in BIG EAST title loss to ND (5/27). Posted 4 for 5 effort with HR and three RBI in tournament win over UCONN (5/24). Went 2 for 2 with a double, a run scored and a career best five RBI, driving in runs in all five trips to the plate in Senior Day win over Seton Hall (5/20). He set a BIG EAST record with three sacrifice flies on the afternoon. Went 3 for 4 with two RBI in win over Seton Hall (5/19). Doubled, scored twice and walked twice in win over Villanova (5/13). Drilled a three-run home run to left in win over UC (4/29a). Two for four with a double in win at Georgetown (4/8). Capped a 3 for 6 effort with a game-winning RBI single in the bottom of the 12th against UCONN (4/10). Went 2 for 3 with a walk and a double, driving in the game-winner against Rutgers (3/24). Drove in three at EKU (3/17). Named BIG EAST Player of the Week (2/27) after going 11 for 21(.524) at the plate with five doubles and seven runs scored. Doubled twice in a 3 for 6 effort in win over Northwestern (2/25), scoring the tying run in the ninth and tying run in the 11th. Belted a career-best four hits, doubling twice, driving in two and scoring twice in win over northwestern (2/24). Began a six-game multi hit streak beginning with consecutive 3 for 4 outings at FAU (2/17 & 18).
2005: Saw action in 46 games, starting 31 times. Played all three outfield positions and first. Doubled in three trips, walking once and scoring once in win over UAB (5/19). Smoked a solo home run on to the berm in win over Evansville (5/17). Made his first start of the season at first base and went 2 for 5 with a walk, two runs and four RBI in win over Wright State (5/16). Went 4 for 5 with two RBI against UK (3/30). His two-run double put the Cards up for good in win over #1 Tulane(3/26a). Walked twice, scored twice and stole his first base of the season in win over #12 Georgia (3/13). Exploded in doubleheader against Miami(3/6), with a pinch-double in the ninth of game one, and a 3 for 5 effort with four RBI and two runs as he doubled and homered off the Miami team bus. Drove in three runs in the Cards' 11-4 win over Kent (2/19), including 2-run double in the first.
2004: Burst on to the scene after sitting out the first seven games of the season as he recovered from injury. Earned C-USA All-Freshman Team honors, hitting .294 with 13 doubles and five home runs. An outfielder by trade, played 33 games at first base for the first time in his career because of injuries to the team, sporting a .990 fielding percentage. Hit .291 with 10 doubles in C-USA games. Named the seventh best pro prospect out of the Clark C. Griffith Collegiate Baseball League by Baseball America, hitting .305(7th in league) with 12 doubles(3rd), five triples(1st), four home runs(4th) and 34 RBI(1st) in 39 games. Also stole 14 bags in 15 tries this summer(6th in CGBL). Scored a run in each of the three wins at USF, scoring the winning run on Saturday. Had two hits, including a double against #14 USM(5/7). Hit tie-breaking home run in win over UK in the eighth(5/5). Went 3 for 5 with two run and his 11th double against TCU(4/30). Drilled a two-run home run to center against ECU(4/24). Went 3 for 5 with a pair of doubles and two RBI against Charlotte(4/18). Hammered his third home run of the season to cap 2 for 3 day adding a double and three RBI against Charlotte(4/17). Was 2 for 3 with a pair of runs in win over #12 Tulane(4/9). Scored twice, going 2 for 5 in win over Marshall(3/30). Went 2 for 3 with his fourth double in win over UC(3/28). Smoked a three-run homer in win over UC(3/27). Enjoyed a 4 for 5 day with three runs, a stolen base, a double and five RBI in win over UC(3/26). Went 5 for 6 with two doubles, three runs and three RBI in doubleheader sweep of Murray(3/16). Hit safely in each of his first four games as a collegian. Was 2 for 2 with a pair of walks and two runs in win over MSU(3/10). Singled and scored in game one and roped a two-run home run in game two of the doubleheader against Kent(3/7). Singled and scored in his first career start(3/6).
High School: Lettered three times as point guard on the basketball team, four times in centerfield for the baseball team and once in cross country for the Bulldogs. Made the All-Conference hoops team as a senior. Was All-State in baseball as a senior, making All-Conference three times. Named Indiana Defensive Player of the Year in 2003. Set school records in seven different offensive categories, with 143 hits, 35 doubles, 10 triples, 13 home runs, 28 steals, 113 runs and 107 RBI during his four years. Hit .505 as a senior with 14 doubles, six triples, seven home runs, 42 runs and 45 RBI in 30 games.
Personal: Born in Louisville on 7/17/85 to Gary and Carrie Burton. Major is computer informations systems at U of L. Made the AD and C-USA Honor Roll his first semester in college as well as Dean's List. Would like to play baseball after college. His dad is his greatest influence on him in athletics. His favorite movies are Swingers and Dumb and Dumber. Watches 24 and SportsCenter. Favorite foods are steak, Chinese, Thai and Italian. Listens to alternative music. The Cincinnati Reds, Baltimore Ravens and Louisville Cardinals are his favorite teams. Likes computers and music in his spare time. Dream dinner guests are Lou Gehrig, Jerry Seinfeld and Jimmy Page. When he was two years old, he entered a stick horse derby and swept the six and under division. A-Rod and Lance Armstrong are his favorite athletes. Burton's dad walked on and played a year of baseball at U of L.
Career Stats for Burton: Year Avg GP-GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI BB SO SB-ATT 2004.... .294 48-48 170 35 50 13 0 5 28 16 33 3-3 2005.... .197 46-31 117 16 23 8 0 3 23 15 28 1-1 2006.... .300 60-60 237 39 71 17 0 2 33 20 31 1-2 2007.... .309 71-70 282 57 87 10 1 8 57 20 40 21-26 TOTAL... .287 225-209 806 147 231 48 1 18 141 71 132 26-32
Conference Games 2004.... .291 30-30 110 19 32 10 0 3 20 9 21 1-1 2005.... .167 20-12 42 3 7 3 0 0 7 3 6 0-0 2006.... .257 27-27 105 15 27 7 0 1 17 7 12 0-1 2007.... .277 27-27 101 16 28 6 0 1 17 6 12 8-10 TOTAL... .263 104-96 358 53 94 26 0 5 61 25 51 9-12