Pitcher / Designated Hitter
Voorhees, N.J. / Bishop Eustace Prep HS
At Delaware:At Delaware: A veteran slugger who will see time as designated hitter in addition to returning to the mound as a left-hander on the Blue Hens pitching staff.
2012: Appeared in 43 games, 32 starts (13 in the outfield, 8 at first base and 11 at designated hitter) • tied for second on the team with EJ Stoltzfus with six hit by pitches • tallied eight multi-hit games • tied for third on the team with Nick Ferdinand and Tyler Powell with four stolen bases • tallied season-high three-hit game on Mart. 10 at Old Dominion and ratcheted only multi-RBI game of the season with two against the Monarchs • had two, three-game hitting streaks during the season (Mar. 2-4 and Apr. 11-14) • saw one at bat as a pinch hitter on 5/24 vs. Hofstra in only appearance during the 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Championships • hit only home run of the season on May 19 vs. Northeastern • played for and saw time on the mound the Martinsville Mustangs with teammate Brandon Hinkle of the Coastal Plain League, that produced a 24-31 record during the season • hit .202 (19-for-94) with 6 doubles, 1 triple, 6 RBI and 11 runs scored in 32 games played • produced an 0-1 record with a 2.70 ERA (4 ER/13.1 IP), 6 hits, 6 walks and 12 strikeouts while holding the opposition to a .133 batting average.
2011: Appeared in 34 games with 28 starts for the Blue Hens • served as an outfielder and designated hitter during the year • finished the season with a .245 batting average and a .387 slugging percentage • nine of his 26 hits went for extra-bases, including three home runs • started the year on a roll, posting at least one hit in seven of his first nine games, including a six-game streak from February 25 – March 2 • scored twice during his second appearance of the season against UNC Greensboro on February 19 • knocked in his first two runs during the squad’s 10-5 victory over UMBC on March 1 • saw limited action during the middle of the year before exploding offensively during the stretch run late in the season • kicked off an outstanding final month with a 3-for-4 effort against James Madison on April 24 • also scored once and knocked in a pair during the series finale against the Dukes • that effort jumpstarted another six-game hitting streak • launched his first home run of the season during a two-hit effort against VCU on April 29 • added hits in each of the next two games against the Rams, including an RBI during the second game of the series • after having his hitting streak snapped following a pinch hitting appearance on May 6, he wrapped up the season with at least one hit in seven straight contests • started that streak in fine fashion, launching a ninth-inning home run against Old Dominion on May 7 • had another breakout performance against Temple on May 11 after going 3-for-5 with two runs scored and his final home run of the season • capped off the year with at least one hit in each of the three games against Northeastern, including a multi-hit effort during the series opener on May 13.
2010: Batted .286 in 42 at bats as a Blue Hen freshman • played in 25 games, starting in eight • finished with 12 hits, nine RBI, nine runs, and two home runs • slugged .429 with a .424 on base percentage, drawing 10 walks as well • had a breakout game in a 9-8 win against St. Joseph's on April 14 at Bob Hannah Stadium • belted a three-run home run, knocking in a career-best four runs and collecting three hits • also knocked in the game-winning run in the bottom of the ninth with a single against St. Joseph's • hit his other home run, a solo shot, against Maryland in a 17-3 win at home • also saw time on the mound as a freshman, appearing in three games without a decision • pitched 2.1 innings againt Manhattan on March 7, striking out a career-best four batters.
High School: Standout member of the Bishop Eustace Prep baseball team • earned four letters for his work on the diamond • split time between the mound and first base • hit .431 with 15 home runs and 43 RBI as a senior • his 15 home runs are the fourth most in a single-season in South Jersey history • earned first-team All-South Jersey honors and second-team All-Non Public League accolades for his performance • recognized as an outstanding defensive first baseman as well • also earned three letters as a quarterback on the football team.
Personal: Christopher Michael Jordan "Chris" Branigan • son of John and Elaine Branigan • has an older brother • hotel, restaurant, and institutional management major at Delaware • joins Pat Dameron as team representatives to the UD Student Athlete Advisory Council (SAAC).