San Antonio – St. Mary’s University head baseball coach Charlie Migl announced on Wednesday that Spring native Braxton Watson will join the Rattlers, starting with the 2007-08 academic year.

Watson, a 6’1″ pitcher, comes to San Antonio after spending the last two years at Blinn College in Brenham. He was a Texas/New Mexico Junior College All-Star Game participant and earned Academic All-American honors twice for head coach Brian Roper. As a freshman he went 6-2 with 4.23 ERA in 16 appearances. He tossed a total of 44.2 innings, striking out 33 over that stretch. As a sophomore this season he was on the top pitching staff in Region XIV.

He helped Blinn to a pair of Region XIV Tournament appearances and a 2007 conference championship. Blinn went 37-19 in 2007. He was named the 2007 James Adkinson Cup Winner as the student-athlete at Blinn with the highest grade point average.

Prior to his time at Blinn he was a standout for coach Jason Washburn at Spring High School. He was a three-time all-district honoree and earned all-state recognition as a senior. He helped SHS to three playoff appearances and a berth in the state semifinals in 2004. He earned three letters for SHS in baseball and two as a member of the football team. Off the field he was a three-time academic all-district honoree and a member of the National Honor Society.

Watson is the ninth signee for the Rattlers this spring. The Rattlers finished the 2007 regular season with a 38-16 overall record and a 30-10 mark in Heartland Conference play. St. Mary’s finished the regular season second in the Heartland Conference, just one game behind St. Edward’s, who had a 31-9 HC mark.

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