2001 (Junior) ? Second team All-Big 12 selection by the league?s coaches ... Broke into the Bears' conference rotation midway through the season and posted an 8-2 record with a team-leading 2.86 ERA ... Finished second on the team with 68 strikeouts ... Career 17-6 record through 2001 ranks as the sixth-best winning percentage in school history (.739) ? 49 career relief appearances rank fifth in school history through 2001, and his 60 career outings are the ninth-best total at Baylor ? First pitcher to lead Baylor in ERA and return the next season since Josh Scott led the Bears with a 2.50 ERA in 1998 ? Only defeats came in a one-run loss to Rice (Feb. 1) and at Texas (April 20) ... Allowed one run on six hits while striking out eight in five innings against Oklahoma (March 18) ... Went the distance for his first career complete game and struck out eight against Kansas State (April 1) ... Held Houston to one run on five hits in the NCAA Regional (May 25) as he went the distance for his eighth win ... Tied the school NCAA postseason record for career games (five) and wins (two) ? First team Academic All-Big 12 ... Verizon Academic All-District VI selection.
2000 (Sophomore) ? Top middle reliever who turned in solid performances all season ... Posted a 4-0 record, with all four wins coming in conference play ... Registered a 3.46 ERA in 41.2 innings pitched ... Collected victories over Oklahoma State, Texas A&M, Missouri and Texas ... Second team Academic All-Big 12 selection.
1999 (Freshman) ? Appeared in 22 games, the ninth-highest total in school history at the time ? Posted a 5-4 record and a 5.06 ERA in 48.0 innings of work ? Also struck out 41 and walked 22 ? Earned his first collegiate victory when he pitched the last six innings of a 22-inning game against No. 24 Houston (Feb. 21), allowing no runs and only two hits ? Threw two shutout innings against Kansas State (Feb. 27) ? Again threw two shutout innings and struck out four against Kansas State (Feb. 28) ? Struck out three in three innings against Creighton (March 9), allowing only one run to earn the win ? Pitched five innings of relief against Texas Tech (March 28) ? Struck out six and allowed only two runs ? Threw the final two innings against Kansas (April 3) for the win ? Pitched a perfect ninth inning against No. 3 Rice in a 7-2 Baylor win (April 7) ? Threw six shutout innings for the win over Minnesota in the championship game of the Waco Regional (May 30) ? Appeared in three NCAA postseason games, a school record ? Earned honorable mention on the 1999 Academic All-Big 12 Team.
High School ? Was 11-4 with a 2.48 ERA as a senior at Duncanville High School in Duncanville, Texas ? Posted an 11-0 record with a 1.10 ERA as a junior ? Also struck out 58 and walked only nine in 76.1 innings of work ? Named all-state and first team all-district as a junior and again as a senior ? Named second team all-district as a third baseman his sophomore season ? Spent the summer as a member of the Arlington A's of the Connie Mack Division which advanced to the state tournament in Dallas ? Was then picked up by the Dallas Mustangs ? The Mustangs advanced to the regional tournament in Houston, where Taylor was named to the all-tournament team ? The Mustangs won the regional tournament and then advanced to the Connie Mack World Series in Farmington, N.M ? Graduated in the top five percent of his class ? Member of the National Honor Society, the student council and the All-A Honor Roll.
Personal ? Full name is Justin Robert Taylor ? Born Dec. 8, 1979 in Greenville, S.C. ? Son of Carol and Bob Taylor ? Majoring in entrepreneurship.
Taylor's Career Pitching Stats