Taylor Munden, a Lewisville, Texas native, is a senior athletic coaching education major at West Virginia University but sees the other side of athletics as an athlete on the diamond.
Munden, the son of Mike, Traci Munden and Kasee Munden, bears the number 3 on his back on game day as he plays primarily short stop for the Mountaineers. In high school, however, Munden was a three-year starter infielder and a pitcher for Lewisville High School. He finished his senior year with a .459 batting average under Coach Mike Campbell.
After graduating LHS in 2011, the 5’11 190lb player attended Marion Military Institute where he pitched in eight games, had a 5.40 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 34.1 innings. His batting average was .327 and during his time at MMI, Munden had 18 runs and 10 stolen bases.
Munden became a member of the WVU baseball team in 2013, in a recruiting class of 19 student-athletes. During his first season as a Mountaineer, Munden played in 54 games and started 45 of those games at different positions, seven of those on the mound. He batted .203 with one home run added to his stats. On May 2, 2014, Munden and the Mountaineers took on the then No. 11 Texas Longhorns, including three of Munden’s friends from back in Texas. During the 2013 season, Munden was a single-hit away from completing the cycle against Youngstown State in his first game at leadoff. During the 2014 season, Munden had a .261 batting average and played in 52 games.
Munden will start his senior year of collegiate baseball in a new $25 million ballpark at the first game played in Morgantown for the 2015 season on March 17, 2015 against Waynesburg, after a 3-game series in his home state against the University of Texas.
Munden, born July 7, 1993, also has two brothers and a sister.
By: Mara Regling – West Virginia University baseball writer for BlueGoldSports.com
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