|Last School:||Jackson St. CC|
2017 (Senior): Posted his first multi-hit game of the year against Western Kentucky (2.22), going 2-for-5 at the plate...Registered his first career triple against Bowling Green (2.26)... Had been walked a team-best seven times in the first eight contests, three resulting in runs... Named to the 2017 Johnny Bench Award watch list for his contributions behind the plate... Launched a three-run home run in the bottom of the sixth to cap a five-run inning and tie the game against Morehead State (3.18)... Blasted his second long ball of the season at Austin Peay (4.8), accounting for one of the Bruins two runs... Caught a conference-best 11 runners attempting to steal through the squads first 30 games... Lifted his third home run at Jacksonville State (4.22) to tie the game up en route to the Bruins come-from-behind victory... Went 3-for-3 at the plate in the series opener against Murray State (4.28), including blasting his fourth home run... Tied a career-best three-hit performance at Tennessee (5.9)... Drove in the game-winning runs in the final two games of the SEMO series to help the Bruins win the series... Launched a dinger in the final game of his career against Tennessee Tech (5.27) in the OVC title game.
2016: Earned his first start as a Belmont Bruin during opening day against Illinois State ... Finished with three hits against Miami (Ohio) (2/27/16) and Army (2/28/16) ... Launched his first homerun as a Bruin against Army (2/28) ... Two hits and three RBIs against Youngstown State (3/6/16) ... Two hits and three RBIs against NIU (3/12/16) ... Launched a grandslam, totaled three hits and drove in five in BU's win over NIU (3/13/16) ... Two hits, including a three-run homerun against EKU (3/20/16) ... Second straight game with a three-run homer as he went deep against Lipscomb and drove in five (3/22/16) ... Homered again against Morehead State when he finished with two hits, two RBI and two runs scored (3/24/16) ... Homered in three-straight games (3/20-24/16) ... Two hits and two RBI against No. 3 Vanderbilt (3/29/16) ... Drove in five runs in the UT Martin series and his in all three games (4/1-3/16) ... Two multi hit games in SIUE series (4/8-9/16) ... Smacked his sixth homerun at SIUE (4/9/16) ... Added two hits at Tennessee (5/10/16) ...Payne put together an impressive week from May 16-21 as he led the team in batting average (.533), hits, (8), homeruns (2), doubles (3), RBI (5) and slugging percentage (1.133) … Payne picked up two hits in all four of Belmont’s contests and registered RBIs in three … Payne was a key contributor in the Bruins’ road series victory over SEMO (5/19-21) as he launched two homeruns and totaled six hits … In Belmont’s two victories over the Redhawks Payne had four hits and four RBIs ... For the regular season Payne batted .291, with 23 doubles, 10 homers and 59 runs driven in … Starting 29 games at catcher, 12 in rightfield and nine at DH, and led the conference with 23 doubles which ranked him seventh in all of Division I … His 59 RBI led the team and ranked him fourth in the OVC as well as top 50 in the country … Payne produced a team-high 17 multi-RBI games and added 17 multi-hit games …
Prior to Belmont: Payne is a transfer from Jackson State Community College ... He posted .331 batting average, registered eight homeruns and drove in 45 runs ... Posted a .441 on base percentage, and slugged .607 in his lone season ... Earned First Team All-Conference honors ... Spent his first year of eligibility as a member of the McNeese State team ... He played in 32 of the 58 games and batted .260 while driving in 10 runs.
Prepped at Powell High School in Powell, Tenn… Lettered four years in baseball and three years in basketball… selected to 2013 all-district team… named to the 2013 All-Knoxville team… chosen as Team MVP and offensive player of the year… selected to all-prep extra team in Knoxville… finished career with a .458 batting average and .626 on-base percentage… named basketball all-district in 2012 and 2013… three-year lettermen on All-Knoxville team… given the 1,000 point award, top rebounder, top defender awards… selected Team MVP in 2012 and 2013… named Mr. Clutch in 2012… John Mauer Award winner.
Personal: Born 9/28/94 ... Son of Lee and Kristian Payne... Has three siblings, Cory, Cameron and Courtney… His father played baseball at Tennessee… Grandfather Jim Courtney, played football at Mississippi State… Majoring in General Studies.