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12 Russ Branch

2017: Made 11 appearances with one start as a freshman...went 1-0 with a 2.81 ERA in 25.2 innings pitched, allowing eight runs on 24 hits with 15 strikeouts...recorded a pair of saves...held opposing hitters to a .250 average...made three appearances against Big South foes, allowing just one run in 8.1 innings pitch for a 1.08 ERA...recorded his first collegiate win at NC Central on Apr. 4, working 4.0 scoreless innings and allowing just two hits with three strikeouts against no walks...recorded his first collegiate save against High Point on Apr. 21, working 3.0 scoreless innings and allowing just one hit and two walks and two strikeouts...earned another save at Western Carolina on May 16, going 3.2 scoreless innings and allowing two hits with one strikeout against no walks...made his first collegiate start at Davidson on May 2...seven of his 11 appearances resulted in scoreless outings...made two appearances on May 28 in the Big South Tournament, combining to throw 3.2 innings and allowing just one run on two hits with two strikeouts and one walk...made his collegiate debut on Mar. 4 against Michigan State, throwing 1.0 scoreless inning with no hits and a lone walk...opened the season with 6.0 straight scoreless innings

Before PC: Four-year letterwinner at Burns High School…named All-Conference as a pitcher for his junior season, going 6-0 on the mound…named school’s Honor Male Athlete for 2016…received the Cleveland County FCS Honor Athlete award for 2016…Wendy’s High School Heisman Winner in 2016…Atlantic Region Honorable Mention by Perfect Game…MVP of the Perfect Game Evoshield Underclass Championship in 2014…named to the Perfect Game All-Tournament team seven times…went 2-1 with a 1.64 ERA in 11.0 innings pitched in the Carolina-Virginia Collegiate League in Summer 2016

Position: Right Handed Pitcher
Height: 5'7"
Weight: 170
Year: Sophomore
Hometown: Polkville, N.C.
High School: Burns HS