Today marks the fifth anniverary of the Fresno State baseball team winning the 2008 national championship.
Fresno State: (2007) Worked as a middle reliever and closer ... Appeared in 28 games, starting seven recording five saves for a 4.65 ERA ... Second-team All-WAC threw in 81.1 innings striking out 47 batters ... Had a total of six starts, combined for a total of 17 strikeouts ... Threw 5.2 innings at Hawai'i allowing two runs, striking out three batters May 19 ... Recorded four strikeouts three times ... Earned start in final NCAA Regional Tournament game vs. Cal State Fullerton June 3.
Fresno State: (2006) Appeared in 67.1 innings and recorded an 8-5 record ... Pitched 3.1 innings against Pepperdine and allowed no runs and no hits(2/11) ... In his second start he pitched 6.0 innings against Portland and allowed three hits and two runs (3/5) ... His best appearance came in his third start against Washington State where he pitched 8.0 innings recording eight strikeouts and only allowing one run (3/16) ... Also pitched 5.1 innings against Sacramento State striking out four and not allowing any runs (5/19) ... Recorded 54 strikeouts, six saves with a 3.88 ERA.
Fresno State: (2005) Spot starter and reliever in his first season at Fresno State ... One of eight Bulldogs with 30 or more innings pitched ... made 16 appearances with 3 starts on the way to a 2-1 record ... Made his first start of the season in the second game of the Chicago State doubleheader, pitching 7.0 innings of shutout ball to record his first collegiate win (2/26)... Made a second start against Southern Utah, pitching 5.1 innings to get his second win of the season (3/7) ... struck out six batters in that appearance, a career high ... made 11 relief appearances in conference play ... pitched two innings of scoreless relief against Louisiana Tech in Ruston on (4/16) ... pitched again the next day, recording two outs without giving up a hit (4/17) ... pitched one inning of scoreless relief in a (5/6) win against San Jose State.
Rancho Bernardo High School: Four-year letterwinner under head coach Sam Blalock ... 2001 C.I.F. Champions with a 28-5 ledger as a freshman... recorded four saves and a 1.96 ERA his sophomore year as team earned a berth in C.I.F. championship game ... named to the All-State underclassmen team as a junior after posting an 11-1 record while leading team to C.I.F. championship contest ... also garnered team MVP, All-San Diego, first-team All-Palomar League, Palomar League Pitcher of the Year and first-team All-C.I.F. Division One honors ... holds the school career shutout mark with six ... sports a 22-7 career record and 194.0 innings pitched.
Other Teams: Connie Mack World Series, California Coaches Association North-South All-Star Team.
Personal: Brandon Mitchell Burke was born Sept. 15, 1985, in Cook County, Ill. ... son of Mike and Debbie Burke ... father is an accountant and mother is a homemaker ... has two brothers, Eric and Shane, and one sister, Heather ... enjoys playing guitar, writing and hanging out with friends ... high school teammate of Danny Putnam who plays in the Oakland A's organization ... chose to attend Fresno State because of the coaching staff and the potential of the program ... also recruited by UNLV, San Diego State, Loyola Marymount, San Diego and Cal State Northridge.