The asterisk next to 2020 and 2021 season bios indicate the NCAA’s decision to grant an extra year of eligibility for student-athletes in light of the COVID-19 pandemic; the student-athlete’s year of eligibility did not “advance” from 2020 to 2021 due to this NCAA ruling.
2021 FRESHMAN ALL-AMERICA, Collegiate Baseball
2021 ALL-SOUTHLAND CONFERENCE SECOND TEAM, UTL
*Freshman (2021 – Southeastern Louisiana): Started all 55 games in which he appeared…Paced the Southland Conference with 23 stolen bases…Hit .254 and led the Lions with nine home runs, 16 HBP and stolen bases…Tied for the most triples on the team with two…Finished second on the club with 45 runs scored and 43 RBI…Blasted first homer of the season, drove in then-career-high five RBI and swiped three bases against Mississippi Valley (Feb. 21)…Recorded career-best 4-for-4 performance and plated three runs at Arizona (Feb. 26)…Posted first career multi-home run game and tallied career-high six RBI in Southland Conference tournament against New Orleans (May 28).
*True Freshman (2020 – Southeastern Louisiana): Started all 16 games for the Lions in shortened 2020 college baseball season…Led the team with .313 batting average, .521 on-base percentage, .441 slugging percentage, nine runs scored, two triples, two home runs, and four HBP…Ranked second on the squad with 15 hits, seven walks and five stolen bases…Tied for the third-most home runs and fourth-most stolen bases in the Southland Conference…Ranked ninth in the Southland in slugging percentage…Posted a season-best three-hit performance against UL Lafayette (Feb. 18)…Launched first career home runs and tallied season-high three RBI against Stony Brook (Feb. 18)…Smacked solo homer at LSU (March 3).
High School: Four-year varsity letterman at University High School…Two-time All-State, three-time All-Metro and four-time All-District honoree on baseball diamond…Twice named district MVP…Owns school record for hits, doubles and HBP…Also played football at University, leading the Cubs to back-to-back state titles on the gridiron…Two-time All-State, two-time All-Metro and three-time All-District selection in football…Garnered district defensive MVP recognition…Led University in tackles each of his last three seasons as middle linebacker.
Personal: Son of Monte and Barbara Burke…Has an older brother, Robert, and a younger sister, Jenna…Father played football at Tulane…Brother played baseball at Southeastern Louisiana…Intends to major in psychology.