On Deck -- Sophomore transfer expected to be UCLA's opening-day third baseman. "We're looking for Eric to step in and be a guy who has a chance to help us right away and hit in the middle of our lineup," Savage said.
2004 (Summer) -- Named a Northwest League All-Star while playing with the St. Cloud Riverbats... Played with fellow Bruin Chris Denove.
North Carolina State -- Helped lead team to NCAA Regional in Miami... Hit .274 while starting in 34 games... Finished tied for second on the team with five home runs... Posted an impressive .470 slugging percentage.
Flower Mound HS (Flower Mound, TX) -- Played left field for Head Coaches Derrick Matlock and Ryan McCurly... Named to the Texas Sports Writers Association/Collin Street Bakery Class 5A All-State First-Team as a senior after hitting .420 with six home runs... Went 5-1 with five saves and a 1.93 ERA on the mound... Batted .386 with two doubles, two triples, one home run and 13 RBI as a junior... Led team with a .371 average as a sophomore.
Personal -- Full name: Eric Stephen Taylor, Jr.... Born on July 29, 1985 in San Bernadino, California... Parents are Eric, Sr. and Victoria Taylor... Has an older sister, Sierra (25), and an older brother, Shane (23)... Father played minor league baseball... Uncle is an assistant basketball coach at Kansas... Chose to transfer to UCLA because "it is a great school not only athletically but academically as well"... Patterns his play after Los Angeles Dodgers' third baseman Adrian Beltre... Pre Business-Economics Major.
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