Jay Sparks, Jason Burdette, Chris Gilstrap and Tim Trawick make Class of 2014 for Columbus State Hall of Fame

kprice@ledger-enquirer.comJanuary 23, 2014 

Baseball dominates the Class of 2014 for the Columbus State Athletic Hall of Fame.

Three former baseball players -- Jason Burdette, Chris Gilstrap and Tim Trawick -- will be joined in the quartet by former women's basketball coach and current athletic director Jay Sparks.

A date for the induction ceremony has not been announced.

"We have a legendary coach

who started the women's basketball program and turned it into a national power and three All-American baseball players who helped lead CSU to unprecedented heights," CSU Hall of Fame Board President Scott Miller said.

"The induction ceremony will be a great night for not just the CSU Hall of Fame but the entire Columbus State community."

Burdette and Gilstrap were both on the 2002 team that won the NCAA Division II national championship.

Burdette pitched a complete game in the final game of the world series against Cal State Chico.

Burdette, who was a two-time member of the all-Peach Belt Conference team, completed his career with a 28-11 record and an ERA of 3.90. He holds the school record for innings pitched with 360 2-3. His 307 strikeouts is second in school history.

Gilstrap was the captain of the '02 team. In his two seasons at CSU, he hit .362 with 35 doubles, nine triples, eight home runs, 47 stolen bases and 107 RBIs.

He earned All-American honors in '02 with a .360 average with 58 RBIs and 71 runs scored.

He was named to the all-world series team after collecting eight hits, five RBIs and scoring five runs.

Trawick was a starter for four years (1992-95), compiling a 29-11 record with a 3.06 ERA. He had 13 wins in '95, which is tied for most in school history. In '94, he earned PBC Pitcher of the Year honors with an 11-2 record with a 1.81 ERA.

Sparks started the women's basketball program in 1989. Four seasons later, the Lady Cougars won 20 games during the 1993-94 season.

Sparks led CSU to the NCAA Division II Final Four in the 1999-2000 and 2000-01 seasons. During the '00-'01 season, CSU won 31 straight games and was ranked No. 1 for most of the season.

In 20 seasons, he compiled a record of 367-231 (333-159 in the final 16).

Sparks became an assistant athletic director in 1999, then took over the athletic director's job in 2008.

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