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Owen Taylor

Position 1B
Height 6'3''
Weight 205 lbs.
Class Junior
Hometown Grand Junction, Colo.
High School Grand Junction
B/T Jr./2L

Honors and Awards

  • 2018 Academic All-Big 12 First Team
  • 2017 Academic All-Big 12 First Team
  • 2016 Academic All-Big 12 Second Team
  • 6x Athletic Director’s and Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll
  • 2015 Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (5/11)

2018, Senior season
Started 42 of the 56 games he played in … Batted .252 (39-for-155) with eight doubles, six home runs, one triple and 34 RBIs … Led the team in walks (31) … Started opening day at first base against Murray State (2/16) … Career-high four RBIs against Northwestern (2/24) … Hit fourth-career home run and first of season against Texas Southern (3/2) … Matched personal-best with two runs scored against the Tigers (3/4) … Hit a monster bomb at then-No. 4 Florida State (3/6) – the fifth of his career … Followed that up with another four-bagger in his next game against then-No. 20 St. John’s (3/9) … Started a three-run comeback against Morehead State (3/29) by leading off the ninth inning with a solo home run … Tied career-best two runs and three walks against then-No. 5 Texas Tech (4/8).

2017, Junior season
Academic All-Big 12 First team … Fall 2016 and Spring 2017 Athletic Director’s & Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Rolls … Batted .291 in 56 games played and 35 starts … Seven doubles, one triple and one home run on the season … Had a season-best seven-game hitting streak … On-base percentage of .378 … Tied a career-high three hits against Northwestern State (3/4) … Stole first-career base against the Demons (3/4) … Hit double and dropped in a bunt base hit at Oral Roberts (3/15) … Hit first home run of season at then-No. 3 TCU (3/19) to give the Jayhawks the lead in the top half of the ninth inning … Drove in only two KU runs against Minnesota (3/28) … Matched a career high with three hits at then-No. 19 Oklahoma (4/21) … Notched first-career triple against Texas Southern (5/7) … Also tied personal best in hits (3) against the Tigers (5/6).

2016, Sophomore season
Named Academic All-Big 12 Second Team … Batted .217 (25-155) in 33 starts and 43 games played … Belted a team-high six sacrifice flies … Made first-career opening day start at Little Rock (2/20) … Scored a run vs. Northern Colorado (2/23) … Drove in season-high two runs against then-No. 5 Oregon State (2/27) … Tallied a career-high five at bats vs. BYU (3/3) … Scored and drove in a run vs. Purdue (3/12) … Scored and drove in a run vs. Murray State (3/16) … Tied season-high two RBIs vs. Benedictine (3/30) … Season-high two hits vs. Baker (4/5) … Drove in winning run vs. then-No. 6 TCU (4/8).

2015, Freshman season
2015 Spring Athletic Director’s and Big 12 Commissioner’s Honor Roll … Big 12 Newcomer of the Week (5/11) … Played in 29 games, making 12 starts … Finished the season with a .328 batting average with 10 RBIs … Made freshman debut at LSU (2/14) and batted 1-for-1 with one double and one RBI … Went a career-best 3-for-3 while hitting two doubles with two RBIs against Michigan (3/13) … Belted his first-career home run against Baylor (5/2) and his second in as many games at Northwestern (5/5) … Drove in a career-best three runs at Northwestern (5/5).

Grand Junction HS
Lettered three times under head coach Donnie Alexander … Hit .483 his junior year with 31 RBIs … Colorado All-State Honorable Mention … Named to the Colorado Rockies’ High School Futures team … Two-time academic honor roll student.

Personal
Born in Grand Junction, Colorado … Son of Tony and Shelly Taylor … Has two older siblings, Emma and Maddie … Grandfather, Gene, played baseball in the Baltimore Orioles’ organization … Drafted by the Toronto Blue Jays in the 27th round of the 2014 MLB amateur draft … Majoring in sport management.