Owls Are No. 1 Seed; Start Time vs Panthers Set for 12:30 PM
At Rice - 2014: Showcased dramatic improvement after settling in with the program for a second season (his first back-to-back seasons with the same team since his junior and senior years of high school in 2009 & 2010)... Posted the Owls' highest batting average (.355) for players with at least the same number of at bats (62)... Batted .385 in Conference USA league games and .357 in postseason play... Hit .360 (9-for-25) with runners in scoring position... Led the team in appearances coming off the bench (21), including a team-high eight games as a pinch hitter where he went 3-for-6 with a pair of RBI and two runs scored... Worked his way into eleven starts where the team was 8-3... Made four starts at second base, four as the designated hitter, and three at first base in place of eventual major league draft pick Skyler Ewing... Started at second base in the opening game of the NCAA Tournament vs. Atlantic 10 champion George Mason and went 2-for-3 with an RBI... Reached base at a .667 pace (8-for-12) when leading off an inning... Batted leadoff once, a road start at C-USA foe Middle Tennessee... Finished the year with a four-game hitting streak... Made the most of pinch hits and spot duty to maintain a season-best nine-game hitting streak that tied for the third-longest one the team... Collected two or more hits in a game three times, vs. George Mason, Florida Atlantic and Texas State... Drove-in a career-high two runs twice, and both were narrow home wins (over Lamar by a score of 3-2, and Louisiana Tech 3-0)... Tied a career-high scoring two runs in a key 5-3 C-USA victory over UAB... Scored the game-tying run in the top of the tenth inning against Texas A&M in the NCAA Tournament... Had sac bunts vs. Florida Atlantic and Texas, and a sac fly against East Carolina... Played error-free in 34 defensive chances at first base, and recorded three assists... Maintained a .941 fielding percentage at first base while turning or starting five double plays... Made a career-high six assists at second base in a road win at eventual College World Series participant Texas... 2013: Conference USA Academic Honor Roll; Appeared in 12 games in first season with the program, working his way into four starting assignments... Started three games at first base and helped the Owls win each of those games... Started once at third in the series finale against Conference USA foe Tulane... Collected all four hits against just two opponents, Harvard and Louisiana Tech... Made Rice debut as the replacement designated hitter in the middle game of the FIU series... Tied for third on the team in games played as a pinch hitter (5), but shared the team lead in plate appearances as a pinch hitter (6) when the Owls proceeded to bat-around after he subbed-in against UCF... Scored a run after entering the finale of the Harvard series as a pinch runner, then remained in to play third base where he eventually doubled and scored again... Twice remained in the game to play the infield after pinch hitting, once at third base and once at first... Error-free in 38 defensive chances in the field... Recorded a career-high ten put outs in back-to-back starts at first base.
San Jacinto College - Played 2012 season at San Jacinto College (where Wayne Graham began his collegiate coaching career)... Helped the Gators go 41-25 and finish as the national runner-up at the 2012 Junior College World Series in Grand Junction, Colo.... Batted .276 with 42 RBI and pair of home runs... Coached by Tom Arrington... Was named a NJCAA Academic All-America.
Texas A&M University - Played the 2011 season at Texas A&M... Appeared in five games... Collected two hits in five at bats and scored two runs.
High School - A 2010 graduate of Bellaire High School, in nearby Bellaire, Texas... Two-time honorable mention selection to the Louisville Slugger National High School All-America Team... Second team All-Greater Houston infielder as a senior in 2010 after batting .455 with five home runs and 38 RBI... Two-time first team all-District 20-5A selection... Helped the Cardinals reach the state playoffs in each of his three years as a letterman... Hit .456 with 14 homers and 93 RBI in his prep career... Coached by Rocky Manuel... Member of the National Honor Society.
Personal - Full name: Kirby Michael Taylor. Born: February 10, 1992, in Houston. Parents: Keith and Gina Taylor of Bellaire (one brother, one sister). College: Will Rice