Brandon Downes
Brandon Downes


South Plainfield, N.J.

High School:
South Plainfield

Height / Weight:
6-3 / 200




No. 1 Virginia Holds Off VCU, 5-4 in 10 Innings

Brandon Downes hits solo home run in 10th inning


No. 1 Virginia Wins Opener Against North Carolina, 3-2

Kirby works 7 2/3 innings and strikes out 12 while Downes homers and drives in three


No. 1 Virginia Blanks Pitt 3-0 to Clinch Series Win

Waddell tosses career-high innings as Cavaliers give up just two runs in series


No. 1 Virginia Blanks George Washington, 10-0

Cogswell records four-hit game as UVa picks up third shutout of season


No. 1 Virginia Takes Down Old Dominion, 7-1

Bettinger fires six shutout innings to lead UVa to seventh straight win


Baseball vs. East Carolina (By Kelsey Grant)

Baseball vs. East Carolina 2/23/14


Baseball vs. Florida State (by Matt Riley)

Baseball vs. Florida State (by Matt Riley)


Baseball vs. Clemson (AP)

Baseball vs. Clemson (AP)

• 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
• Was 2-for-10 in FSU series; hit 2-run HR in first game
• 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
• Wet 3-for-12 with two doubles in Clemson series
• 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 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)
• Was 2-for-3 as DH against Wright State (3/3)
• Doubled, tripled and drove in four runs at JMU (3/6)
• Hit infield single to drive in run in his lone at bat of Wake Forest series (4/9)
• Earned first start since injury vs. George Washington (4/11)
• Went 3-for-3, including a double, with three runs off bench in final game against North Carolina (4/15)
• Was 2-for-8 in DH at Duke, with two RBI in each game (4/21)
• 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