SPARTANBURG, S.C. – Former USC Upstate pitcher Matt Branham (2006-10), had a solid outing in his 2011 debut with the Fort Wayne TinCaps, the Class-A affiliate of the San Diego Padres.
Branham, pitcher number three in Fort Wayne's starting rotation, picked up the victory as the TinCaps shutout the South Bend Silver Hawks, 5-0.
Branham faced 20 batters in five innings of work, scattering five hits and one walk with six strike outs to improve to 7-3 in his minor league career.
The 27th-round draft pick by the Padres in the 2010 MLB Draft began his professional career with the Eugene Emeralds and posted a 6-3 record with a 2.97 ERA before being called up to Fort Wayne at the beginning of September.
Branham was a four-year letterwinner for the Spartans and finished his USC Upstate career with three school records, games started (51), strikeouts in a season (86) and strikeouts in a career (264).
He also finished ranked in the top-five in four other categories, innings pitched (315.2, 2nd), fewest walks per nine innings (2.68, 3rd), shutouts (1, 3rd) and wins (17, 5th).