Made just four appearances after undergoing surgery following his sophomore season ... In 5.1 innings, allowed seven runs on nine hits and seven walks ... First appearance came in relief at Regions Park vs. Samford on March 26 (1.0 IP, 2 H, 2 R, 2 ER, 2 BB, 2 SO) ... Made one start on the season, throwing 3.1 innings of shutout ball at home vs. Samford ... Earned first hold of the year vs. Georgia State on April 8, allowing 1 R in 1.1 IP.
2007 (SOPHOMORE): Went 7-1 with a 3.06 ERA ... ERA was the lowest of any starting pitcher on the AU staff ... Led Auburn in wins (7), was second in innings (67.2) and was tied for the team lead in strikeouts (54) despite missing the final four series of the season ... Seven wins was the most by an AU pitcher since Arnold Hughey in 2005 (8) ... Moved into the Friday-night starter role against Ole Miss, AU's third SEC series of the season ... Was 3-1 with a 2.32 ERA, striking out 26 while walking just 10 as the Friday night starter ... Threw a complete game at LSU on Apr. 5 ... It was the first complete game by an Auburn pitcher since Josh Sullivan went the distance against VMI on March 12, 2005 in a 12-0 Auburn win ... It was also the first complete game in SEC play for the Tigers since Arnold Hughey did it at Alabama on April 17, 2004 in a 7-1 AU win ... Finished the year sixth in the SEC in ERA (3.06) and fifth in opponent batting average (.225) ... Allowed more than three earned runs just twice all season ... Never issued more than three walks in a start ... Had a WHIP of 1.16 ... Held RH to a .145 batting average ... Went 4-1 with a 3.51 ERA in seven appearances at Plainsman Park ... Led the pitching staff with six quality starts ... Four SEC wins was the second-highest total in the league ... Did not surrender a run in his first 11.2 innings of work (three appearances), striking out 11 and allowing just six hits ... Earned the win in all three of those appearances ... Allowed just three runs (two earned) in 7.0 innings in his only loss of the season, a 4-2 setback to Ole Miss.
SUMMER 2006: Played for the Winchester Royals of the Shenandoah Valley League ... Finished the year leading the league in strikeouts (55), was second with a 1.70 ERA, third with a .198 opponent batting average and fourth in innings pitched at 58.1 ... Allowed just 11 ER on the year and finished with a WHIP of 0.99 (41 H, 17 BB) ... Threw a no-hitter in his first outing of the summer.
2006 (FRESHMAN): Used primarily as a middle relief man before earning the starting nod in the final two series of the season ... Had a team-best 3.48 ERA in league play ... Put together a string of 25.1 IP [8 APP] in league play without allowing an earned run from 3/25-5/5 ... During those eight appearances, held the opposition to a .151 batting average, surrendering just 13 hits ... Also went 13.1 IP (4/2-19) in all games without allowing a run ... Allowed just two of 18 inherited runners to score and retired 12 of the first 16 batters he faced in relief appearances, earning three holds ... Had a 2.78 ERA when coming on in relief ... Did not allow a run in 11 of his 16 relief appearances ... Held opponents to a .192 average (15-for-78) with runners on ... Struckout at least one in all but four outings.
HIGH SCHOOL: Played for Greg Baker and Bart Britton at Jefferson Davis High School ... Selected to the All-Metro and the (Alabama) South All-Star Team as a senior ... Was 5-1 with a 1.50 ERA in 45 innings of work ... Also struckout 70 ... Hit .485 while playing shortstop as a senior ... Valedictorian of his senior class ... Pitched against current Auburn teammate Evan Crawford's Prattville team both in the game he got hurt and his first game back after surgery ... His first appearance after surgery was in relief and he threw 3.0 innings ... Missed part of his junior year of high school due to arm surgery.
PERSONAL: Paul Burnside ... Son of Sheldon and Cindy Burnside ... Father, Sheldon Burnside, played for the Detroit Tigers and the Cincinnati Reds in the 1980s ... Has two siblings: Shana (27) and Matt (18) ... Major: Marketing.