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10 Brandon Downes
Brandon  Downes

South Plainfield, N.J.

High School:
South Plainfield

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 200




Virginia Falls 3-2 to Vanderbilt in the CWS Finals

Cavaliers are the national runners-up for the first time in program history


Virginia Baseball Will Play for National Championship on Wednesday

Cavaliers even the series against Vanderbilt with 7-2 victory


Virginia Falls to Vanderbilt in First Game of CWS Finals, 9-8

Cavaliers nearly rally from seven-run deficit but fall run short


Virginia Baseball Advances to CWS Finals

Cavaliers defeat Ole Miss 4-1 to advance to finals for first time in program history


Cavaliers Down Maryland 7-3 to Even Charlottesville Super Regional

Virginia offense records 17 hits in victory


CWS Championship Game (by Matt Riley)

CWS Championship Game (by Matt Riley)


College World Series Finals Game 2 (by Matt Riley)

College World Series Finals Game 2 (by Matt Riley)


Virginia vs. Vanderbilt- College World Series Game 3

Virginia vs. Vanderbilt- College World Series Game 3


Virginia Baseball: 2014 Season in Photos

Relive all of the excitement by browsing some of the best images from the run to the College World Series.


Virginia vs. Vanderbilt- College World Series Finals Game 1

Virginia vs. Vanderbilt- College World Series Finals Game 1

• Selected by Kansas City Royals in seventh round (213th overall) in 2014 MLB Draft
• Named to College World Series and Charlottesville Regional All-Tournament Teams
• Batted .327 (16-for-49) in NCAA tournament
• Was 8-for-27 (.296) in CWS and had hits in each of final five games
• Batted .357 (5-for-14) with pair of doubles, three RBI in CWS Finals
• Recorded pair of outfield assists in CWS, including critical throw to third base for first out of 12th inning in win over TCU (6/17)
• Was 6-for-13 (.462) in super regional
• Tied for seventh in ACC with seven home runs
• Hit 2-run homer against FSU in ACC tournament
• Cranked solo HR on first pitch of 10th inning in win at VCU (4/22)
• Hit decisive 2-run home run in 3-2 series-opening win against UNC (4/18); was 3-for-9 with three RBI in series
• Went 3-for-10 with two doubles and pair of RBI in Pitt series
• Went 3-for-5 with home run in Game 2 at Miami (3/23); 3-for-12 in series
• Started 59 consecutive games in center field, including 18 in 2014, before sitting out midweek games on March 19-20
• Hit two home runs off ECU ace Jeff Hoffman for his first career multi-HR game (2/21)
• Homered as part of three-hit day at William & Mary (2/19)

• Started and played in 61 of UVa's 62 games, with 59 coming from cleanup slot in batting order
• Started 60 games in center field; also made six appearances, including one start, at catcher
• Was an extra-base hit machine, recording 37 extra-base hits (20 2B, 7 3B, 10 HR)
• Tied for sixth nationally in triples (7) and 10th in runs (67)
• Ranked first in ACC in triples, third in runs, fifth in total bases (144), sixth in doubles (20) and slugging (.569) and seventh in RBI (59) and home runs (10)
• In UVa single-season annals, he tied for third with seven triples, ranked third in runs, fifth in total bases, seventh with 20 doubles and ninth in RBI
• Team leader with 27 multiple-hit games and 80 hits
• Reached base safely in 55 of his 61 games
• Went 4-for-12 in NCAA regional; scored three times in championship game
• Was 2-for-13 in ACC tournament; hit solo home run in win over Georgia Tech (5/23)
• Was 5-for-16 with four RBI in UNC series; hit solo HR in game 2
• Was 6-for-14 with four RBI in Duke series
• Went 4-for-15 with two doubles, triple in Virginia Tech series
• Went 5-for-16 with three doubles, four RBI in Wake series
• Was 4-for-12 with five RBI in Miami series; hit homer and drove in career-high five runs in opener
• Was 3-for-10 in NC State series; homered in second game
• Also hit home runs against Saint Peter's, Toledo and George Washington

• Appeared in 34 games, starting 26 (four at DH, 21 in CF and one in RF)
• Started UVa's last 20 games (UVa was 15-5 in those games)
• Suffered broken hand March 6 after getting hit by pitch at James Madison, but returned April 4 for the next JMU game
• Recorded hits in 16 of last 21 games
• Had .419 on base percentage
• Made first career appearance against Coastal Carolina (2/18)
• Started first game of his career at DH in win against Monmouth, going 3-for-5 with two doubles, triple, three runs and four RBI (2/26)
• Doubled, tripled and drove in four runs at JMU (3/6)
• Went 3-for-3, including a double, with three runs off bench in final game against North Carolina (4/15)
• Had hits in all three games of Miami series (4/28-30); also scored four runs
• Went 3-for-7 with three RBI in GT series; hit first college HR in Game 1
• Was 4-for-12 in Maryland series (5/17-19), with two hits in Games 1 and 3
• Went 3-for-12 in ACC tournament, recording one hit in each of Virginia's three games (5/24-26)
• Had three hits in NCAA tournament opener against Army (6/1)

• Selected by Boston Red Sox in 43rd round of 2011 MLB Draft
• Holds seven school career records and three single-season records
• Finished one home run shy of state record with 15 home runs his junior year
• Won All-Division Award in 2010
• Named to All-State First Team in 2010
• Middlesex County Player of the Year in 2010
• Awarded Best Athletic Performance in New Jersey by ESPN Rise Magazine
• Named 2011 Louisville Slugger Pre-Season High School All-American First Team by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper
• Selected as New Jersey representative for Baseball's Best in all 50 States by Max PREP
• Named to Rawlings and Perfect Game USA Pre-Season All-Regional First Team in 2011
• Named Rawlings Pre-Season Senior High School All-American in 2011
• Named to Pre-Season National All American Second Team in 2011
• Named to Pre-Season North East Regional First Team in 2011
• Named one of ESPN Rise Magazine's April 2011 All-State Baseball Top-10 Positional Players
• UNICO National District X's 2011 Annual "Brian Piccolo Sports Award" in 2011
• Great Middlesex Conferenced Scholar Athlete Award winner in 2011
• Named to GMC All-White Division and All-Conference Teams in 2011
• Named to All-Area First Team by Home News Tribune, Courier News and Star-Ledger in 2010 and 2011
• New Jersey All-State Senior Game Selection in 2011
• GMC All-Star in 2011
• Named to All-District 2 First Team by National High School Baseball Coaches
• Only player to ever hit for the cycle in SPHS history
• Member of National Society of High School Scholars and a nominee for both People to People (2010) and National Young Leaders Conference (2009)
• Coached by Anthony Guida at SPHS
• Also played football for four years (QB/DB)

• Parents are Michael and Kathleen Downes
• Hs a brother, Michael, and sister, Kelly
• Sister is senior on Drexel softball team



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