AT GEORGIA STATE: Two-year letterwinner as a left-handed relief pitcher ... Joined the program in 2012-13 from Dayton State ... Made the Athletic Director’s Honor Roll for the fall 2012, fall 2013 and spring 2014 semesters.
Career record of 11-4 with three saves ... Compiled a 5.23 ERA in 47 appearances ... Winning percentage of .733 is tied for third in GSU history among pitchers with at least 10 decisions ... Recorded eight career pickoffs.
2014: Versatile bullpen arm who shared the team lead with five victories, along with one save ... Posted a 5.34 ERA in 23 apperances ... Second on the team with five pickoffs.
Helped the Panthers to a 3-2 win at Georgia (2-26-14) with a scoreless eighth inning ... Earned win in relief against Northern Kentucky (3-2-14) ... Picked up another win with four scoreless innings against Siena (3-11-14) ... Pitched 2.1 scoreless innings vs. Troy (3-29-14) for his third victory ... Recorded four straight outs in the seventh and eighth innings to earn win in 11-10 victory over UT Arlington (4-11-14). Entered the game with two outs in the seventh and picked off the runner at first, then retired the side in order in the eighth.
Earned his first save against Arkansas State (4-27-14) , when he finished the game with two scoreless innings. Picked off two consecutive base runners at first base in the ninth inning ... Collected his fifth victory on the season’s final day at Western Kentucky (5-17-14), when he recorded the final out of the eighth inning before GSU scored the go-ahead runs in the top of the ninth.
2013: Primarily a reliever but started two games ... Tied for the team lead with six victories ... Had two saves ... Second on the team with 24 appearances.
Defeated Boston College (3-1-13) with 7.0 innings of three-hit relief; came on in the third inning and allowed just one run on a bad-hop single while striking out five over the final seven frames ... Added another win with 3.2 innings in relief against UNC Asheville (3-5-13) ... Earned a Friday CAA night win over ODU (3-15-13) with 4.2 innings of relief, allowing just one run on four hits with three strikeouts. Came into the game in the fourth inning and picked off a runner from second base before he even threw a pitch ... Added his first save against Fordham (4-6-13) when he entered the game in the last inning with a runner at second and no outs and struck out the side. After his first two pitches were balls, he threw 11 straight strikes to finish the game.
The winning pitcher in a 12-inning victory over New Orleans (4-12-13) with 2.2 innings of scoreless relief ... Earned his sixth win at James Madison (4-20-13) ... Credited with his second save after throwing 3.1 innings of scoreless relief at William and Mary (5-17-13) on the season’s final day; allowed just one hit.
Made his Panther debut with 2.1 innings of no-hit relief against Butler (2-15-13) to earn the victory on Opening Day ... Made midweek starts against Georgia Tech and Georgia, helping the Panthers to a 10-7 win over the Bulldogs.
2011-12 (DAYTONA STATE): Played two seasons at Daytona State College, where he played for coach Tim Touma ... Combined for a 4-5 record over his two seasons with just 14 walks in 80 innings ... Named the team’s Fireman of the Year as a freshman and was selected to play in the State of Florida Junior College All-Star Game.
HIGH SCHOOL: A three-year letterwinner for coach Pat Hansen at Menomonee Falls High School ... Second-team all-state as a senior in 2010 ... Selected to the 2010 Wisconsin Baseball Coaches All-Star Classic team ... Two-time all-conference honoree, including first-team recognition in 2010 ... Also a two-time selection to the NOW All-Suburban team ... Finished his senior season with an 8-3-1 record, a 1.49 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 80 innings ... Went 7-5 with a 1.52 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 69 innings as a junior.
PERSONAL: Benjamin Thomas James Burns was born August 8, 1992 to Ronald and Therese Burns ... Has two sisters, Tiffany and Brittany ... Journalism major.