Starting pitcher from Nebraska makes move to OC

Brandon Pierce, once a starting pitcher at Nebraska, has transferred to OC.
Brandon Pierce, once a starting pitcher at Nebraska, has transferred to OC.

OKLAHOMA CITY (Aug. 1, 2013) – Brandon Pierce,  once a weekend starting pitcher for Nebraska’s baseball team, has transferred to Oklahoma Christian, OC coach Lonny Cobble said Thursday.

Pierce, a 6-foot-2 right-hander from Gunter, Texas, spent three seasons with the Cornhuskers, playing in both the Big 12 and Big Ten Conferences.  He made 17 career starts, including eight as a junior this past spring, when he went 1-3 with a 5.82 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings. Nebraska finished 29-30 and reached the title game of the Big Ten tournament.

He went 5-4 with a 4.21 ERA and 35 strikeouts in 57 2/3 innings as a sophomore and 0-1 with two saves, a 4.02 ERA and 32 strikeouts in 31 1/3 innings as a freshman in 2011.

He will join another recent NCAA Division I transfer, Matt Brown, on the OC pitching staff. Brown transferred from Arkansas-Little Rock.

“Brandon brings experience and maturity to our staff,” Cobble said. “We are hoping that he comes in and fills a starting role for us. He pitched a lot for Nebraska against big-time competition and fared well, so we have high expectations for him.”

In August 2012, Pierce played for the Santa Barbara Foresters, who won the National Baseball Congress World Series championship in August 2012 in Wichita, Kan.

The Pittsburgh Pirates selected Pierce in the 26th round of the Major League Baseball draft in 2010 but he opted to attend Nebraska instead of signing professionally.

At Gunter High School, Pierce was of the most dominant prep pitchers in Texas, going 39-4 as a starter with 267 strikeouts during his final two seasons. He was a two-time Max Preps All-America selection, participated in the Area Code games in California and was one of 144 players around the country chosen to try out for the USA Baseball under-18 National Team.