June 3, 2014

MSSU Baseball Adds Missouri State Transfer

Joplin, Mo. -- Missouri Southern baseball coach Bryce Darnell has announced the addition of Missouri State lefty Tyler Burgess as the Webb City native will transfer to Southern with one year of eligibility left. 

Burgess, a 5-11, 185 pound lefty, comes to Southern after three years at Division I Missouri State. During his time at MSU he posted an 8-3 record with 14 saves and a 2.65 ERA.  In 61 appearances Burgess threw 85.0 IP, allowed just 59 hits, surrendered 41 walks, struck out 59 batters, and limited opponents to a .203 AVG. 

In 2012 Burgess set the MSU freshman saves record (11) and posted a 5-2 record with a 2.08 ERA, holding opponents to a .164 AVG. He picked up first-team Freshman All-American Honors from Collegiate Baseball and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. He was also named the Missouri Valley Conference Freshman of the Year and was a first-team All-MVC Selection.

Burgess spent the 2012 and 2013 summers playing in the prestigious Cape Cod Baseball League for the Harwich Mariners.  In two summers at the Cape, Burgess had 23 appearances, throwing 30.0 innings, allowing 25 hits, 14 walks, and striking out 35.  He was 1-0 with four saves and a 2.40 ERA and earned the 2012 Harwich Mariners Unsung Hero Award after recording a team-high four saves and posting a 2.16 ERA. 

Burgess was a highly-decorated pitching standout at Webb City High School, where he set a Missouri prep record with 11 career shutouts. He completed his career with a 31-8 record, 1.44 ERA, 362 strikeouts, three saves, 29 complete games, two no-hitters and 11 shutouts. He set Webb City career records with 45 appearances, 38 starts and 248 innings in addition to wins, complete games, shutouts and strikeouts. He owns single-season Webb City records with 14 starts, 13 wins, and 12 complete games, all done during a 13-1 junior campaign where he had a 0.75 ERA and 142 strikeouts in 93.2 innings.

His 12 complete games that season also marked a Missouri state record, while an 18-strikeout game was a school record. He went 8-2 with a 1.53 ERA and 119 strikeouts in 73.1 innings as a senior, earning first-team All-State recognition on both the media and coaches teams. He was also All-Conference and All-District as both a junior and senior, and an academic All-State pick as a junior when Webb City finished the year as the Missouri Class 4 state runners-up. As a sophomore, Burgess went 7-3 with a 1.92 ERA, 74 strikeouts and one save in 54.2 innings. He finished his freshman season with a 3-2 record, 2.66 ERA and two saves for the Missouri Class 3 runners-up.

Tyler is the son of Todd and Stephanie Burgess and will be a history major at Missouri Southern.