Chris Taladay

Chris Taladay


Windermere, Fla.

High School:

Height / Weight:
6-1 / 220




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-Signed a free-agent contract with the Detroit Tigers following senior season
-Became the first player in program history to be named Conference USA Player of the Year, and just the fourth in the league to earn that honor along with Freshman of the Year in a career
-Ranks sixth all-time by starting 206 games in a UCF uniform, fourth in at-bats (854), sixth in doubles (50), sixth in hits (273) and seventh in total bases (381)
-Led team with a .342 batting average, 43 RBI and a .409 on-base percentage, while also totaling 14 doubles, one triple and three home runs
-Reached base safely in all 27 conference games, and hit safely in all but one
-Named to the Preseason All-Conference USA Team for the first time
-Went 4-for-5, driving in three runs in his first start of the season against Siena (2/15)
-Picked up three doubles against Siena going 3-for-3 (2/16)
-Hit an RBI single against No. 17 Florida (2/19)
-Smashed his first homerun of the season, scored three runs, and swiped a base during a 2-for-5 performance vs. Texas Tech (2/23)
-Grabbed two hits and reached base three times at Bethune-Cookman (2/27)
-Was 7-for-12 with four RBI, four runs scored and a stolen base during the weekend series vs. Winthrop (3/1-3)
-Had two RBI against North Florida (3/5)
-At Jacksonville (3/10), drove in three runs on two hits with a double, extending his hit-streak to nine
-Added two hits, a run scored and a stolen base vs. Florida A&M, extending his hit streak to ten on the season(3/12)
-Cracked UCF's top-10 all-time hit list with his 224-226th-career base-knocks, passing Tyson Auer (2005-08) for No. 10 after going 3-for-4 with two RBI (3/17)
-Notched two hits, including a double, RBI and run scored at Jacksonville (3/20)
-Went 5-for-12 with four RBI and five runs scored in the Conference USA series sweep over UAB (3/22-24)
-Finished 5-for-10 with a homerun, five RBI, two runs scored serving as the catcher in the series vs. Southern Miss. (3/28-30)
-Notched his 15th multiple-hit performance at Memphis (4/7) with a 3-for-5 effort that included a season-high four RBI, all of which were of the two-out variety
-Added a hit and RBI in the win over Rice (4/12)
-Drove in two runs on his first career-triple vs. Marshall (4/19)
-Extended his hit streak to 19 games with career-hit No. 254 in the third inning vs. Marshall (4/21) to move into a tie for sixth on the UCF all-time hit list with Tony Marrillia (1992-95)
-Saw his hit streak reach 20 games, the fourth longest since 2003, end against Houston (4/27)
-Notched his final homer in a UCF uniform in the series finale at No. 8 Florida State (5/5)
-Smacked six hits in the series against Tulane, including four RBI on Senior Day (5/10-12)

-Started all 62 games for the Knights while manning third base, catching and playing in left field
-Led the team with 78 hits during his junior campaign while batting .298
-Second on the team with 49 RBI and hit five homers, eight doubles and a triple
-Went 3-for-4 with two walks, two RBI and a run scored in the season opener vs. LIU Brooklyn (2/17)
-Picked up three hits, scored twice, drove in a run and stole his only base vs. Boston College (2/25)
-Was a perfect 4-for-4 with three runs scored and a RBI vs. Siena (3/2-4)
-Slashed three hits, scored and drove in two runs vs. FSU (3/6)
-Drove in two runs and came around to score twice vs. Massachusetts (3/9)
-Cracked his first homerun of the season vs. Harvard (3/16), picking up three hits and two RBI in the process
-Collected eight hits in a weekend series at Houston (3/30-4/1)
-Grabbed seven hits, including two RBI and three runs scored vs. UAB (4/6-8)
-Had two hits vs. FAMU (4/10), including a double, three runs and two RBI
-Smashed a homerun vs. Bethune-Cookman (4/11)
-Hit a double, scored twice and drove in two runs at Southern Mississippi (4/15)
-Recorded a season long nine-game hitting streak (4/6-17)
-Pounded three doubles, scored twice and drove in four at Tulane (4/22)
-Crushed a homerun vs. Memphis (4/28)
-Dominated Marshall (5/13), with his first career grand slam
-Had two RBI and scored against Rice (5/17)
-Delivered a three hit, five RBI performance against ECU (5/25) in the C-USA Tournament, including a home run and triple

-Injuries hampered his sophomore season, but he still started 38 games, 34 of which came in the outfield and four were at third base
-Hit .279 with nine doubles, two home runs, 20 RBI and 13 runs, all while making just one error in the field
-Started the USF game (5/3) but was injured in the first inning and had to sit out the remainder of the season
-Delivered a 2-for-3 performance with a double, RBI and run vs. Houston (4/29)
-Went on a nine-game hitting streak (4/8-22)
-Drove in three runs, all with two outs, on a pair of singles vs. Florida (4/20)
-Started twice in the ECU series (4/15-17) and went 3-for-8 with a pair of doubles
-Collected two hits with a RBI in game one at Rice (3/25)
-Banged out two doubles, drove in one and scored once vs. Columbia (3/19)
-Doubled, stole a base and scored a run vs. USF (3/15)
-Had two hits with a RBI vs. MSU (3/8)
-Was a perfect 4-for-4 with a stolen base vs. Dartmouth (3/4)
-Crushed a pair of two-run homers in the eighth and ninth innings in a five-RBI day vs. Alabama (2/27)
-Made 2011 debut as a pinch-hitter at South Alabama (2/25), and hit the first pitch he saw for a RBI single
-Missed first four games with an injury

-Selected as a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American
-Named a Ping!Baseball Third Team Freshman All-American
-Honored as the 2010 C-USA Freshman of the Year and earned a spot on the All-Freshman Team
-Tabbed as the SEBaseball.com C-USA Freshman of the Year, and received a spot on the website's All-C-USA Second Team
-Served as the backup catcher to start the year before taking advantage of an opportunity to evolve into UCF's every day third baseman
-Paced all freshmen in C-USA at the close of the regular season with 19 doubles, 117 total bases, a .557 slugging percentage and a .960 OPS
-Hit .352 overall with eight homers, 47 RBI, 49 runs and 10 HBP
-Posted a .955 fielding percentage at the hot corner
-Had 13 multi-RBI games
-Amassed three hits including a double vs. ECU (5/16)
-Went 3-for-5 with three RBI, a run and a double vs. ECU (5/14)
-Doubled three times before crushing a two-run homer in a four-hit, four-run game at JU (5/12)
-Finished the FAU game (5/4) by going 4-for-6 with two runs scored
-Completed the comeback (down 7-0) with a solo homer in the seventh in a three-hit day and a win over Memphis (4/30)
-Busted out for four hits, three RBI and three runs including a solo homer at UNF (4/20)
-Notched two hits in all three games at USM (4/9-11), highlighted by a three-run HR in game one and the game-winning RBI hit in the 10th inning one day later
-Posted a hit with two runs and two RBI vs. UAB (4/2)
-Racked up four RBI on three hits with a double and a homer vs. B-CU (3/30)
-Doubled in a two-hit game at Miami (3/23)
-Finished with five RBI on a three-run homer and a two-run double vs. Presbyterian (3/19)
-Drove in a pair on two hits at Stetson (3/17)
-Posted a .786 average at the plate in the Hartford series (3/13-14), going 11-for-14 with 10 runs, four doubles, five RBI and a homer
-Dominated Siena (2/26-28) going 7-for-12 at the plate with five runs and five RBI, as well as amassing three doubles and three runs in the finale
-Entered as a pinch-hitter with two outs in the eighth and proceeded to recorded his first collegiate base hit, a RBI single that gave UCF the lead for good vs. Savannah State (2/21)

Prior to UCF
-Played for coach Randy O'Neal at Olympia High School
-Named to the 2009 Orlando Sentinel All-Central Florida Second Team
-Was a First-Team All-Metro Conference selection as well as a senior
-Part of the best record in school history (21-5), posting a .345 average with 24 runs, 15 RBI and a .435 slugging percentage for a team that won the Orlando National Baseball Classic Tournament
-In 2008, was an All-Metro Conference First Team selection at third base by going .429 at the plate with 10 doubles and school-records of six homers and 34 RBI, all while finishing the year with a 1.087 OPS
-Hit .424 with 26 RBI as a sophomore to help the squad claim the district title
-Member of Chet Lemon's Juice AAU national championship program, as well as the Windermere Wildcats which claimed one AAU state title
-Served as a Florida Diamond Club participant in the fall of 2008

-Son of Jim and Jody Taladay
-Has one sister, Nicole
-Majoring in business


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