Isaiah Byars - Baseball - University of Kentucky Athletics 8


  • position IF
  • height 6-1
  • Weight 190
  • class Senior
  • Previous School North Florida
  • Hometown Stone Mountain, Ga.

*Years of Eligibility Remaining: 1

• All-Atlantic Sun, First Team (2022)
• SEC Academic Honor Roll (2018-19)

2022 (North Florida)
Named First Team All-ASUN as the lone shortstop selected to the squad…Led the team in batting average at .300, making 50 starts…Settled into a dynamic leadoff batter role…showed versatility with 40 starts as the leadoff batter, 24 starts at second base, 24 at shortstop, one at first base and one at designated hitter…Stole the first 12 bags that he attempted to steal on the season.Scored a team-best 49 runs while swiping 16 of 21 bags, also a team high.Doubled 12 times, tripled two times, homered five times, drove in 28, worked 20 walks and collected 100 total bases..Helped spin 27 double plays, collecting 117 assists and 69 putouts…Finished ninth in the league in stolen bases…Had three three-hit games, doing so against Liberty, Kennesaw and FGCU…Tied for the second-most multi-hit games on the team with 21, collecting 14 two-hit games, four-three hit games and three-four-hit games…Had eight two-RBI games as the leadoff batter…Posted a season-best 10-game reached base streak and a nine-game hitting streak on the season.

2021 (North Florida)
Made his UNF debut at UCF March 12 and remained in the starting lineup the rest of the season…Made starts at second base (11), third base (18) and shortstop (2)…Played 32 games, starting 31 while hitting .252 (30-for-119) with 26 runs, two doubles, three home runs, 12 RBI, 20 walks, seven stolen bases and a .386 on-base percentage…Led the Ospreys in stolen bases, going 7-for-9 in that category…Hit .500 with the bases loaded and .408 as the leadoff man…Hit safely in eight consecutive games between April 17 and May 1…Hit his first UNF home run in a win at Jacksonville March 28, going 3-for-4 with two runs and a stolen base…Launched a grand slam in a 14-6 win against Jacksonville April 25.

Played one season for JUCO powerhouse Chipola College…Appeared in 24 games, batting .262 with nine runs and eight RBI.

2019 (Alabama)
Appeared in seven games , earning 11 at bats in non-conference play…Drove in three runs.

Played at Parkview Hig School in Lilburn, Georgia for coach Chan Brown…Tabbed the No. 5 shortstop and 21st overall player in Georgia by Perfect Game, as well as the No. 184 overall player nationally in the 2018 class…2018 PG/Rawlings All-Region Team and honorable mention all-america…Parview won 7A state title…Batted .336 with nine extra-base hits and 34 RBI as a senior…Also played football.

Full name is Isaiah Malik Byars…Born in Norfolf, Virginia….Son of Stacey and Beverly Byars…Interested in th sciebtific side of baseball-specific movements.

*Alabama and North Florida Athletic Communications contributed to this bio


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