CHICAGO -- Samford University relief pitcher Wyatt Burns officially signed a free agency deal with the Chicago White Sox organization, it was announced Thursday.
Burns, who is the Bulldogs' all-time leader in saves with 33, proved to be one of the most dominant pitchers in the Southern Conference in 2018. He finished his senior campaign with a miniscule 2.19 earned run average, a 5-4 record to go along with 79 strikeouts in 65.2 innings of action.
Recently named the SoCon Pitcher of the Month, Burns proved to be a key figure in Samford's 12-3 finish to the season, appearing in eight games, winning two and recording six saves. The senior struck out 26 batters while allowing just four runs and three walks.
The Pinson, Alabama, native struck out four or more batters in four games in May, recording two key saves in the SoCon championship against Furman and Wofford, respectively. Earning all-tournament honors, Burns pitched six innings while allowing just three hits and zero earned runs to help the Bulldogs go 4-0 and capture the league's automatic bid to the NCAA Regional.
Burns didn't allow a single run in six of his eight appearances, allowing just one extra-base hit without hitting a single batter.
Samford upset No. 1-seed Florida State, 7-5, in Tallahassee on Friday, but fell to No. 3 Oklahoma 4-0 on Sunday and No. 2 Mississippi State 9-8 on Sunday, ending its season at 37-26. Burns played a huge role in the Bulldogs' win over Florida State. He pitched the final 3.2 innings of action to register the school-record 33rd save of his illustrious four-year career.