Fiery competitor who has been a very dependable member of the Tech pitching staff... Has been used as a starter, set-up man or closer in his collegiate career ... Member of the starting rotation his senior year... Can throw three pitches for strikes - a fastball, curve and change-up, and has outstanding control ... Has excellent movement on all of his pitches, which makes him very effective.
2004: Earned his first win of the year against Villanova (2/21), working 5.0 innings and allowing just one run while tying a career high with eight strikeouts...Solid outing against Georgia Southern (3/27), working seven innings and allowing one unearned run in two hits, did not figure into the decision...Earned a win against Miami (4/2), working 6.2 innings and allowing just four runs on eight hits while striking out seven ... Picked up a win at Florida State (4/25), pitching into the eighth inning and allowing three earned runs on five hits while striking out six ... Earned a win in relief against Duke (5/7), working four innings and allowing two runs as Tech won 9-8 in 10 innings ... Picked up the win out of the bullpen in Tech's 12-5 win over Georgia (5/11) at Turner Field, working 2.1 scoreless innings ... Improved to 6-5 with a win over Clemson (5/16) on Senior Day, working six innings and allowing three runs... Started Tech's first game of the ACC Tournament and worked a season-high eight innings in Tech 4-3 win over Maryland ... Went eight innings in Tech's opening round NCAA win over Jacksonville State and allowed two earned runs.
2003: The MVP of the 2003 ACC Tournament after earning a win and a save in two appearances to help the Yellow Jackets capture their second conference championship in the last four years ... Used as both a starter and reliever during the 2003 season, and excelled in both roles ... As a relief pitcher, posted a 2.90 ERA in 49.2 innings pitched, allowing just 16 earned runs on 36 hits while striking out 43 ... Held lefties to a .231 average while righties hit just .206 ... Led the team with eight saves and ranked third on the team with a 3.92 ERA ... Made 21 relief appearances and finished 13 games ... Second on the team with 22 total appearances, second in opponents batting average (.223), and fourth in wins (5), strikeouts (50) and innings pitched (57.1) ... Tossed the last three innings of the first game of the year against Georgia Southern (2/14), allowing no hits or runs while striking out one, to pick up his first save of the season ... Earned his second save of the season against George Washington (3/1), pitching the final 3.2 innings, allowing no earned runs while striking out four ... Three days later he picked up his third save by tossing the final three innings against Campbell, allowing just one run on one hit and striking out three ... Picked up his first win of the year in his first start of the year, going six innings, allowing just five hits while striking out seven ... Tossed the final 3.2 innings of the game against North Carolina (4/4) to earn his second win of the season by allowing just one run on four hits while striking out three ... Earned his fourth save of the season by pitching the final three innings vs. Georgia Southern (4/15), allowing just one run on three hits while striking out three ... Picked up two more saves in the same week against Wake Forest (4/19, 4/20); in the second game, he entered with one out and the bases loaded and struck out the next two faced to preserve Tech's 5-3 win ... Entered the game in the ninth inning against Florida State (5/3) with the score tied and pitched two perfect innings, including striking out four, to earn his third win of the year ... Improved to 4-1 on the season against Virginia (5/10), allowing just two hits and no runs in 2.2 innings pitched; also struck out five of the 10 batters he faced ... Earned his seventh save of the season by facing the minimum number of batters in the final two innings vs. NC State (5/16), allowing no baserunners while striking out one ... Tossed the final 5.2 innings in relief against FSU (5/25) in the ACC Tourney, allowing just three runs on two hits while striking out three and walking none to earn his fifth win as Tech rallied for six runs in the ninth inning to win 10-7 ... Went 1-0 with one save in two appearances in the 2003 ACC Tournament (6.1 innings, 4 hits, 3 runs, 0 walks, 3 K's).
2002: Worked out of the bullpen (1-2, 3 saves) and as a starter (9-5) ... Twice earned a save (Friday) and win (Sunday) in the same weekend of a three-game series this season ... Earned first save of the season by holding Georgia Southern to two runs over the final four innings to preserve a 7-4 Tech win (2/10) ... Tossed four shutout innings in first start against Wofford (2/19) ... Earned save in Tech's 2-1 win over Coastal Carolina (2/22) by retiring the final four batters of the game ... Picked up second win two days later in start against VCU (2/24), striking out a career-best eight while allowing one earned run in 8.0 IP ... Earned third win of 2002 in relief vs. East Tennessee State (3/5), tossing 4.0 perfect innings to close the game in a 6-5, 10-inning win ... Earned save (3/8) and win (3/10) in two appearances vs. Winthrop ... Became the first pitcher since 1998 to pitch a complete game shutout in game vs. NC State (3/30) ... Struck out four in six innings of work against EKU (3/19) to earn his fourth win in as many starts ... Picked up the win in the championship game of the NCAA Atlanta Regional against Georgia (6/2) by tossing seven innings and allowing one earned run on five hits ... Opponents batted just .248 (30-for-121) with two outs ... After going three weeks without a win, picked up two wins in the same week with a one-run performance on Tuesday vs. Mercer (4/23) and allowing only three runs vs. Virginia (4/28) on the following Sunday ... Spent the summer of 2002 with Wareham of the Cape Cod Baseball League, helping the Gatemen win the league championship ... Ranked second in the Cape with 11 saves.
2001: Often the first pitcher to come out of the pen in the middle innings of a game ... Made 26 appearances on the season, second on the team ... Tied for the team lead in innings pitched in relief (35.1) ... Suffered his first loss of the season in Tech's ACC Tournament finale, yielding three unearned runs in 0.1 innings against NC State ... Maintained a solid 4.08 ERA ... Held opponents to a .282 batting average and allowed just four home runs in 35.1 innings of work ... Held right handed batters to just a .230 batting average ... Especially tough with two outs, holding opponents to a .208 average ... Had the best ground ball to fly ball ratio on the Tech staff (2.9 to 1) ... Impressive in the late innings of games, posting a 1.26 ERA in the 8th and 9th innings ... Earned his first win of the season by tossing a season-long 5.1 innings against Rutgers (Mar. 3), allowing just two runs, as Tech rallied for a 10-9 victory ... Earned his first save by tossing three scoreless innings to close out the game against Kent State (Mar. 17) ... Improved to 2-0 against Maryland (Mar. 25) with 2.1 innings of work out of the bullpen ... Was the winning pitcher in Tech's 9-8 ninth inning win over Florida State (Apr. 27) ... Moved to 4-0 with a scoreless inning of work against Charleston Southern (May 6) ... Picked up his second save of the year by tossing three scoreless innings against North Carolina (May 12), allowing just one run . . . Made a team-high three relief appearances in the ACC Tournament, finishing with a 0-1 record over 1.1 IP, having yielded two hits and three unearned runs.
High School: A four year letterwinnner for coach Tim Lemmons at Chattahoochee High School ... A four-time all-North Fulton County pick and an all-state honoree in 2000 ... He holds nearly all of the career pitching records at Chattahoochee, including wins, strikeouts and ERA ... Had a career record of 22-7 and a 1.78 ERA at Chattahoochee ... Led his AAU team to the national championship in the summer of 1997 ... Tossed his first no hitter as a junior at Chattahoochee and added two more no-hitters as a senior ... Also played third base on days that he was not pitching ... A two-year team captain ... A honor roll student and a honors graduate from Chattahooche.
Personal: Full name is Brian David Burks ... Born May 29, 1981 ... Son of Dave and Mary Burks ... Enjoys fishing ... Majoring in Management.
Year ERA W-L App GS CG SHO/CBO SV IP H R ER BB SO 2B 3B HR BF B/Avg WP HBP SFA SHA 2001.... 4.08 4-1 26 0 0 0/0 2 35.1 42 28 16 14 22 4 2 4 167 .282 1 2 0 2 2002.... 3.87 10-7 25 14 1 1/1 3 102.1 114 57 44 25 81 15 2 6 451 .278 7 11 2 3 2003.... 3.92 5-1 23 2 0 0/0 8 57.1 49 31 25 13 50 11 0 6 242 .223 5 7 0 2 TOTAL... 3.92 19-9 74 16 1 1/1 13 195.0 205 116 85 52 153 30 4 16 860 .263 13 20 2 7