Goes into 2014 third in Auburn history in runners thrown out with 40
2013 - JUNIOR YEAR
Played in 51 games, making 49 starts ... Auburn pitching staff had 3.53 ERA when he was behind plate ... Hit .290 (51-for-176) with team-leading 13 doubles and three home runs, driving in 23 RBI ... Scored 18 runs ... Had a .984 fielding percentage (261 putouts, 42 assists, five errors) in all games ... Threw out 20 of 45 would-be base stealers (45%), tied for third in the SEC ... Has 40 career caught stealing, which ranks third in Auburn history ... Picked off five men during the season, six for his career ... Of the 20 caught stealing, 12 came in SEC play ... Had a .415 slugging percentage, 73 total bases .332 on-base pct. ... Was 8-for-12 (.667) during season with a runner on third and less than two out ... Career-best eight-game hitting streak (10-for-30, .333) with two runs, two RBI, three doubles and one walk from Indiana State (2/24) game thru Kennesaw State (3/12) game ... Had 13 multi-hit games (32-for-53, .604) ... Walked nine times during the season, hit by pitch three times ... Had pair of four-hit games during the season, tied for team lead with Cullen Wacker ... Went 4-for-4 against Ole Miss (5/4) with one RBI, three doubles, one single, and two runs ... Went 4-for-5 with a double and an RBI vs. Samford (4/16) ... Was 7-for-11, .636 overall in series against Ole Miss (5/3-5/5) with two RBI, four singles and three doubles ... Was 3-for-4 against Arkansas (5/18) with three RBI and one run ... Hit home runs against Alabama (3/28), Texas A&M (4/6), and Florida (5/11) ... Pinch-hit, walk-off RBI double vs. Alabama State (4/10) ... Named to Johnny Bench Award Watch List.
2012 - SOPHOMORE YEAR
Hit .296 (37-for-125) with eight doubles, a triple and three home runs, driving in 21 RBI ... Played in 44 games with 38 starts ... All 38 starts came behind the plate ... Scored 11 runs ... Hit .323 (21-for-65) in league play with four doubles, two home runs and 16 RBI ... Had a .983 fielding percentage (199 putouts, 29 assists, four errors) in all games ... Threw out 17 of 41 runners trying to steal a base ... 17 runners thrown out was fifth in the SEC ... Has thrown out 20 runners in his career, which is tied for ninth with Hayden Gliemmo (1998-01) all-time at Auburn ... Hit .262 (11-for-42) against left-handers and .313 (26-for-83) against right-handers ... Hit .318 with runners on base ... 10 of his RBI came with two outs ... Hit a solo home run in the loss to Jacksonville State (5/15) ... Had a career-best six-game hitting streak, collecting six multi-hit games (14-for-20, .700), from 4/21-29 ... SEC Player of the Week (4/30) after going 7-for-11 (.636) with two doubles, a home run and a team-high 10 RBI in the sweep of Tennessee as well as his 2-3 with a walk and a run scored at Troy (4/24) outing ... Had just nine RBIs before the week started ... 5-for-8 (.625) against South Carolina (4/20-22) with a double and a RBI ... 4-for-7 (.571) in two starts at Alabama (4/6-8) ... Hit his first career home run, a three-run shot, in Auburn's four-run seventh in the 10-6 win over Mississippi State (3/31) ... Threw out two base stealers in the Mississippi State series ... Was 3-for-5 with a triple and the two stolen bases in the 8-3 win at Arizona (2/25), scoring two runs and driving in two others.
2011 - FRESHMAN YEAR
Played in 11 games with five starts ... Hit .300 (6-for-20) ... In five starts, hit .357 (5-for-14) with a double, RBI and four runs scored while owning a perfect fielding percentage behind the plate ... Had a career-best four hits in his start against Texas Southern (4/27) with a double and two runs scored ... Was 1-for-1 with a run scored at #20 Troy (4/5) ... Started the 6-1 win over #21 Troy, collecting his first hit and his first RBI with a seventh-inning, two-out RBI single that helped ignite a four-run inning ... Started the Capital City Classic (3/15), going 0-for-2 with a walk ... Threw out Taylor Dugas in the bottom of the fifth, the first person to attempt a steal on him ... Made his first career start on March 13 vs. Arizona State and went 0-for-1 with a run scored ... Played in two games of the series with Arizona State, also entering as a defensive substitution in the eighth on Saturday ... Made his season debut in the sixth inning of the 9-2 win over Bethune-Cookman (3/1), entering as a defensive replacement.
Played for Phil Williams at Landmark Christian ...Hit .512 with 16 home runs and 55 RBI as a senior ... 2010 Preseason Under Armour All-American ... 2010 Region 5A Player of the Year ... 2010 all-state selection ... Career .402 hitter with 35 home runs and 182 RBI ... Four-time 5A All-Region selection ... 2008 and 2009 Tri-City All-State Team ... 2008 Dugout All-State and three-time Georgia Top 100 ... Holds the Perfect Game National Record for underlassmen at Catcher Pop-time with 1.78 seconds and Velocity at 83 MPH ... Also played football where he was an all-region selection.
Blake Anthony Austin ... Son of Teresa and Michael McKenney and Lyle and Beverly Austin ... Has two siblings, Brooks (18) and Bailey (11) Austin ... Major: political science.