Jan 23, 2014 | Dan Thompson | 308 views
Alumni Update - Brian Burton
If you had of been in Nashville Tennessee in July of 2006 you would have witnessed one of the most incredible at bats of your life.
The Terriers record sat at 2-0 in the tournament however they were trailing 5-1 in game three versus the Columbus Katz.
In the bottom of the third with two out and runners at first and second big Brian Burton stepped to the plate and battled through twelve pitches before eventually depositing the thirteenth pitch over the left field wall to pull his team within one. The Terriers would go on to win the game and the tournament.
Brian's career with the Terriers should not be defined by that at bat alone however. For two years he hit in the heart of the order providing home run power, average and clutch RBIs that lead to several championships.
His game was certainly in no way one dimensional, as his defensive play at first base was also stellar. Further, he possessed that perfect blend of compete level and sportsmanship.
In his senior year with the Terriers Brian's repertoire also included closing. If the game was on the line, he was the go to guy. Burton would pour hard heavy fast balls into the strike zone, mowing down hitter after hitter. He never once relinquished the lead in fourteen attempts.
Brian attended Canisius College from 2008-2012 on a baseball scholarship. He was named to the MAAC All- Academic Team twice and graduated with a BA in Adolescent Education.
In his time at Canisius the team went to the conference tournament all four years. In his freshman year, he was named MAAC Rookie of the week several times.
In 2008 he was named All- Conference second team, then first team the following three years. In 2010 he was named All Canadian First Team by the Canadian Baseball Network.
Brian's summer's throughout his college years were also littered with success.
He spent them in North Carolina playing for the Forest City Owls of the Coastal Plains League. The Owls were 62-8 in 2010, good enough for the League and National Championship.
A 40-20 record in 2011 helped them repeat as League champions.
Brian is currently employed at Equitable Life of Canada in Kitchener- Waterloo as an Insurance Underwriter. He plays summer ball for the Kitchener Panthers of the IBL and is an off season instructor for KMBA rep teams.