Tanner Burns tabbed All-American by Perfect Game


Sophomore pitcher Tanner Burns has been named a Third Team Perfect Game/Rawlings All-American, the publication announced Wednesday.

Burns was one of a record four Tigers to be named a Freshman All-American and SEC All-Freshman Team honoree a season ago. He becomes the 25th player in program history to be named an All-American.

The Decatur, Alabama, native leads the team with a 2.73 ERA and has posted a 4-3 record in 15 starts this season. He has struck out 100 batters and issued just 21 walks in 79.0 innings of work – good for a 4.76 strikeout-to-walk ratio. The right-hander joins former Auburn ace and No. 1 overall pick Casey Mize as the only Auburn pitchers since 2000 to strike out 100 or more batters in a season.

Burns made history earlier this season as he matched a program record with 15 strikeouts in a complete-game shutout against Cincinnati on Mar. 1. He joined Mize (2018), Chris Bootcheck (1999), Tim Hudson (1997), John Powell (1994) and Mark Chapman (1986) on the list of 15-strikeout performances.

Burns and the Tigers travel to Omaha, Nebraska, for the program’s first appearance in the College World Series since 1997 and the team’s fifth appearance all-time. Auburn (38-26) will take on No. 6 Mississippi State (51-13) Sunday at 6:30 p.m. CT on ESPN2.

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