OKLAHOMA CITY (Jan. 4, 2013) – Chris Burgess, who pitched for Oklahoma’s baseball team last season, has transferred to Oklahoma Christian and will play in 2013 for the Eagles, OC coach Lonny Cobble said Friday.
Burgess, from West Chicago, Ill., made two appearances for the Sooners last season and didn’t record a decision. He threw a scoreless inning against Hartford on Feb. 25, then made his first start for OU on March 6 against Arkansas-Pine Bluff, lasting one inning and allowing two earned runs with a strikeout. He finished the season with a 9.00 ERA in the limited action.
“Chris is a veteran who will bring depth and maturity to our young pitching staff,” Cobble said.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Burgess began his collegiate career at Central Michigan in 2009. He redshirted that season, then transferred to Black Hawk (Ill.) College, where he played for two seasons.
He was a two-time all-Arrowhead Conference selection for Black Hawk and was named as the 2011 conference most valuable player after going 5-3 with a 1.89 ERA and 65 strikeouts. In 2010, he went 4-3 with a 4.54 ERA and 42 strikeouts. He threw 10 complete games during those two seasons, seven of those in 2011.
The Tampa Bay Rays selected Burgess in the 30th round of the Major League Baseball draft in 2011, but he opted to continue his college career instead of signing a pro contract. He will be a senior this season at Oklahoma Christian.
Burgess will join fellow OU transfer Cale Coshow on the Eagles’ pitching staff.