- Bryson Barber
- 6' 1"
- Pensacola, Fla.
- 225 lbs.
Major: Recreation and Event Management
AS A SENIOR (2008): Earned a berth on the SEC Academic Honor Roll for the first time in his career…Started 21 games as UF’s designated hitter and appeared in 40 games...The Gators were 13-8 when he started at DH... Batted .333 and registered career highs in hits (31), RBI (18), runs (14), doubles (seven) and homers (six)...Hit .366 in SEC play with 14 RBI, five homers and five walks...Went 2-for-4 with two doubles against Tulane in NCAA Regional action…Was 0-for-6 over the two games at the SEC Tournament…Enjoyed a phenomenal Senior Weekend in the sweep of Vanderbilt, going 4-for-7 (.571) with five RBI and a 1.571 slugging percentage...Cranked a game-tying three-run homer in the fifth of game three that tied the game at 7-7...Had doubled in the second inning and was 2-for-3 on the afternoon...Rocked a pinch-hit two-run bomb in the eighth inning of the opener with the Gators trailing 6-4...The ball ricocheted off the right-field foul pole...Was 3-for-7 (.429) at Alabama with two runs, two RBI, a homer and a double...Drew a walk in all three games in the series...Went 2-for-3 in game three with his fourth home run of the season...Scored as a pinch runner against Bethune-Cookman after Brandon McArthur walked in the sixth...Started two games at DH in South Carolina, going 2-for-6 (.333)...Was 2-for-4 in game three with a homer and three RBI...Went 3-for-9 with three RBI, a home run, and a double in the series win over Georgia...Started games one and two at DH and smashed the first pitch off of the scoreboard for a two-RBI homer with two outs in the seventh inning of game one...Came through with a season-high three hits at Florida State on April 15, including his second double, and scored a run...Started the finale of the Arkansas series at DH and was 2-for-4 with two-out RBI single in the sixth inning...Was 3-for-9 (.333) with a double and a run in the two meetings with North Florida....Went 2-for-6 (.333) against Brown, including a 2-for-3, two-run showing in game two...Was also hit twice in the 8-7 win...Kicked off the season by going 2-for-4 with a walk and a run scored in the opener against Siena.
AS A JUNIOR (2007): Appeared in 44 games, making 15 starts at DH and two at first base...Hit .197 with 22 walks, 16 RBI and 13 runs...As a pinch hitter, Barber was 4-for-17 (.235) with four RBI...Was 5-for-34 (.147) with five runs in 22 SEC games...Had five hits in his last 45 at bats dating back to March 6 for a .111 clip...Singled in his only at bat against Tennessee...Drew two walks, was hit by a pitch and scored against UNF...Went 2-for-7 (.286) during Alabama’s visit...Singled in the ninth off Vanderbilt closer Casey Weathers during game three...Delivered a pinch-hit sacrifice fly as part of a five-run fourth inning in the 10-7 victory over Kentucky...Started twice at DH versus Arkansas and went 0-for-5...Was 0-for-2 with two walks versus South Carolina...Drew a pinch-hit walk in the bottom of the ninth versus UCF...Limited to an 0-for-8 showing at Georgia...Was the DH in the opener at Auburn and drew a career-high three walks...Pulled the Gators to within 4-3 at Stetson with a pinch-hit RBI grounder...Cranked a pinch-hit homer to start the bottom of the ninth during the series finale with Mississippi State...Not only was it Barber’s first round-tripper of the year, UF had not had a pinch-hit blast since Greg Quatrino accomplished the feat against Cincinnati on Feb. 12, 2006...The hit ended an 0-for-12 drought dating back to the finale against George Washington...Was 0-for-3 versus Army...Was 0-for-4 on the trip to Texas and had two walks...Lofted a sac fly versus Jacksonville...Started all three games during the GW series and responded with a .500 (4-for-8) clip...Had three RBI in each of the last two games of the set and totaled four walks on the weekend....Had his first theft of the campaign in the first matchup and scored twice...Drew a pinch-hit walk in the ninth at USF and scored on Matt den Dekker’s bases-clearing triple...Took over for Matt LaPorta in the first meeting with Kent State, drew a walk and popped out...Had an RBI grounder and was 0-for-3 versus Florida State...Had a career-best five-game hitting streak between Feb. 10-18...Drove in a season-high two runs with a single and a sacrifice fly in the 7-2 win over UM on Feb. 16...Delivered an RBI single in the win over Florida A&M.
AS A SOPHOMORE (2006): Started 15 games at designated hitter and two games at first base for the Gators and hit .301 (22-for-73) over 28 games...Drove in 13 runs and was 4-for-10 (.400) as a pinch hitter...Registered a .326 (15-for-46) average in 15 league games, with 11 starts...Tallied a career-high four RBI in the 10-5 victory over LSU that closed the curtain on the season…Clubbed his first homer since March 19, 2005 with a two-run jack in the eighth inning after ripping a two-run single in the sixth…Hit .308 (4-for-13) during the series with the Tigers and led the Gators with five RBI...Delivered a career-best 4-for-4 performance in the final encounter with Mississippi State and added his second sacrifice of the season...Continued strong play by going 2-for-4 and scored a run at Florida State...Enjoyed a triumphant return to the starting lineup with a then-career-high three hits in five at bats during the 15-4 romp over Tennessee...Produced a single in the 6-4 decision over Vanderbilt on April 1...Was 2-for-2 with a clutch RBI single and a crucial sacrifice bunt during the eighth in the come-from-behind victory over Arkansas...Provided a run-scoring single in the 10-2 rout of Harvard...Was 1-for-3 with a walk and run versus Florida A&M...Delivered a 2-for-3, three-RBI effort in the 11-10 decision over Miami on Feb. 19...Put UF ahead to stay with a bases-loaded ground-rule double that plated two runs and added an RBI single in the eighth inning...Also swiped the first stolen base of his collegiate career...Went 1-for-5 (.200) during the set with Cincinnati...Started as the Gators’ DH in the finale and was 0-for-4 with an RBI groundout and a run...Delivered a pinch-hit single in the seventh inning of game two that scored David Cash.
AS A FRESHMAN (2005): Played in 24 games and made six starts as the designated hitter...Batted .219 (7-for-32) and drove in seven runs…Walked 10 times…Saw action in both games of the College World Series championship round against Texas as a pinch hitter but went 0-for-2...Saw his first career NCAA action versus Notre Dame on June 5...Ripped a pinch-hit triple against the Fighting Irish in the top of the ninth inning...Jump-started the six-run, eighth-inning rally against Arkansas in the SEC Tournament with a pinch-hit double...Started as the designated hitter in game two at Georgia and was 0-for-2 with a walk...Laced a pinch-hit RBI single in the game two win over Kentucky in the seventh inning...Bashed a pinch-hit, two-run homer in the ninth at Ole Miss on March 19 for his first round-tripper...Earned a pivotal two-out walk in the 10th inning against Villanova on March 6, setting the stage for UF’s 6-5 triumph...Walked twice and scored versus Rhode Island on Feb. 25...Drew a free pass in his first four games...Barber’s initial career hit was a two-run single as part of a six-run first inning against Miami (Fla.) on Feb. 20...Also scored a run courtesy of a walk...Collected the first two RBI of his career with a sacrifice fly to deep center field against FAMU that plated Brian Leclerc and Justin Tordi.
SUMMER: Played for the Herndon (Va.) Braves of the Clark C. Griffith Collegiate Baseball League in ‘06…Following a runner-up finish in the regular season, the Braves won the 2006 CGCBL Tournament…Was third on the squad with a .277 batting average and 13 RBI and was 7-for-8 on the basepaths…Ranked third on the Rochester (Minn.) Honkers of the Northwoods League in 2005 with a .309 clip as the club advanced to the South Division Championship Series…Drove in 12 runs, drew 12 walks and also chipped in with four doubles and three home runs.
HIGH SCHOOL: Four-year letterwinner at Woodham High School for head coach Jon Boddy…Helped the Titans to three-straight district championships between 2001-03…Earned second-team all-state and all-district honors as a senior, when he hit .373…Drew 31 walks, 12 of which were intentional…Claimed the 2004 Westminster High School Home Run Derby in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla…Received the Coaches' Award…Listed as the 30th-rated catcher by Team One Baseball…Collected honorable mention all-state, first-team all-area and second-team all-district recognition during his junior season…Batted .415 with 26 runs batted in and three homers…WHS was ranked fifth in the state that year and was 24-4 overall…Named second-team all-area and was his club's Offensive Player of the Year during a sophomore campaign in which he had a .385 clip and drove in 32 runs…Chosen as the Pensacola News Journal Player of the Week five times during his prep career…Led his summer team, the Pensacola Reds, in batting average in both 2002 (.341) and 2003 (.402)…Also lettered in cross country at Woodham and was a member of the Future Business Leaders of America.
PERSONAL: Bryson Arnauld Barber was born Nov. 5, 1985, in New Orleans, La…His parents are Byron and Bridget Barber…Has a sister, Bethanie, 25, a 2003 graduate of Florida who is now in her third year of law school at UF…Older brother Byron, Jr., 24, a former All-American baseball player at the College of Charleston played in the Kansas City Royals' organization…Enjoys fishing and playing ping-pong…Majoring in recreation and event management.
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BARBER’S CAREER HIGHS
At Bats: 5, 3x, last vs. North Florida (4/8/08)
Runs Scored: 2, 2x, last vs. Brown-2 (3/8/08)
Hits: 4 vs. Mississippi State-2 (5/6/06)
RBI: 4 vs. LSU (5/20/06)
Doubles: 2 vs. Tulane (5/30/08)
Triples: 1, 2x, last vs. Eastern Michigan-2 (2/27/08)
Home Runs: 1, 9x, last vs. Vanderbilt (5/17/08)
Walks: 3 vs. Auburn (3/24/07)
Stolen Bases: 1, 3x, last vs. Vanderbilt (5/16/08)
Hit Streak: 6 games (5/4-5/21/08