20 Matt Branham
|High School:||Spring Valley|
Summer 2009: Pitched for the Newport Gulls in the New England Collegiate Baseball League ... Helped the team to the league title ... Appeared in 15 games, posting a 1-0 record with a team-high six saves ... Pitched 23 innings, allowing just two earned runs (0.78 ERA), striking out 25 and walking 10 ... Added another save in the playoffs. 2009: Drafted in the 47th round of the MLB draft by the Houston Astros ... Served as the Spartans' ace all season, appearing in 15 games, starting 13 and posting a 2-5 record with a 4.39 ERA ... Posted eight quality starts, allowing three or fewer earned runs in nine starts ... Struck out a school-record 82 batters in 82 innings ... Pitched seven innings of four-hit ball, allowing three hits and an earned run at Lipscomb (3/14) ... Pitched eight innings, allowing 10 hits and two walks while striking out nine in no-decision against Mercer (3/20) ... Struck out career-high 11, allowing five hits and six walks in 6 1/3 innings in a no-decision at Jacksonville (3/27) ... Posted a 2-1 record and a 2.35 ERA in his final 23 innings, striking out 20 ... Won first game with eight innings of seven-hit, two-run ball against Wofford (5/5) ... Struck out seven ... Threw seven innings, allowing four hits and one earned run to lead Upstate to 5-2 win at Campbell (5/15) ... Struck out seven ... Struck out five or more in 10 appearances ... Finished the year in the top five in Upstate's career record book in strikeouts (178), games started (37) and innings pitched (232) ... Also 10th in school history with 11 wins. Summer 2008: Pitched with the Brockport Riverbats of the New York Collegiate Baseball League, helping the team to the league championship ... Served as the team's closer, finishing tied for second with eight saves in 15 games ... Posted a 3-1 record with a 2.95 ERA in 21 1/3 innings ... Struck out 24 and walked just five ... Had two saves and allowed just one hit and a walk in four innings of scoreless relief in the Riverbats' playoff run ... Struck out three. 2008: Started 12 games on the hill as a weekend starter, finishing with a 6-5 record and a 4.04 ERA in 84.2 innings pitched ... Struck out 57 and walked just 18 ... Pitched two complete games ... Six wins is 11th in school history and his 84.2 innings pitched is seventh ... Had seven quality starts in 12 outings ... Posted a 3-2 record with a 3.16 ERA in six starts at Harley Park ... Pitched seven innings, allowing five hits and one run in 7-5 win over UT Martin to win Upstate's first Division I day game (2/23) ... Tossed eight innings, allowing 11 hits and three runs in 8-3 win over ETSU (3/1) ... Struck out six and walked none in the start ... Threw 6 2/3 innings, allowing nine hits and three runs in no-decision against Campbell (3/15) ... Pitched eight scoreless innings, allowing eight hits against Jacksonville (3/29) ... Walked none and struck out six ... Struck out career-high 10 in first nine-inning complete game at Gardner-Webb (4/6) ... Allowed six hits and two walks in the 2-1 win ... Earned Upstate's first A-Sun Pitcher of the Week for his efforts ... Pitched seven innings, allowing eight hits and three runs in 5-4 win at Stetson (5/9) ... Walked one and struck out six in the game ... Finished season with complete-game six hitter against A-Sun Champion Florida Gulf Coast (5/15) ... Struck out eight and walked two in the game, allowing just a ninth-inning homer in the game ... Was the only pitcher to outduel MLB sixth-round draft pick and A-Sun Pitcher of the Year Richard Bleier in 2008. Summer 2007: Pitched primarily in the bullpen for the Columbia Blowfish of the Coastal Plains League, appearing in 12 games and starting two ... Tossed 27.2 innings, striking out 14 and walking six ... Picked up a save and finished with a 4.88 ERA. 2007: Immediately stepped into the Spartan starting rotation, appearing in 13 games and starting 12 ... Went 3-3 overall, but team was 9-3 in games he started ... Finished third on the team with 65.1 innings pitched and fourth with a 3.58 ERA, striking out 39 and walking 26 ... Allowed 61 hits, as batters hit .253 against him ... Posted five quality starts ... Pitched Upstate's only complete-game shutout of the season, an 8-0, seven-inning three-hitter of Augusta State (3/17) ... Struck out four and walked one in game ... Threw 6 2/3 innings of three-hit ball in 4-2 win over Tusculum (2/14) ... Struck out a seven in the game ... Pitched seven innings, allowing three hits and a run in a no-decision against Georgia College & State (4/1) ... Threw career-high eight innings, allowing five hits and one run in no-decision at national runner-up Columbus State (4/28) ... Drew a 4-2 loss in opening-round of Peach Belt Tournament, tossing 6 1/3 innings, allowing eight hits and three runs to 22nd-ranked Francis Marion (5/10). High School: Played for Charlie Wentzky at Spring Valley High ... An all-region selection as a senior. Personal: Born Sept. 28, 1987 ... Son of James and Michele Branham ... Has a sister, Laura ... Major is criminal justice ... Favorite movie is "Lucky Number Slevin" ... Favorite actress is Jessica Biel ... Hero growing up was Chipper Jones ... Favorite book is "A Million Little Pieces" ... Favorite TV show is "The First 48."