At Missouri State: Brayden Drake begins his fourth year as the starter at third base and sits in line to finish among MSU's career top 10 in several offensive categories.
2008: Drake earned second-team all-MVC honors after hitting .342 with six homers and 61 RBIs ... Slugged .538 after adding four triples and 21 doubles, ranking fifth in school history for a season in two-baggers ... Enters his senior year ranked eighth at MSU with 48 career doubles and 25th with 18 career homers ... Had three separate hitting streaks of 11 games or more ... Ended the season by hitting safely in the final 15 games ... Had another 15-game streak from Feb. 29 through March 23, and hit in 11 straight from 3/26 to 4/11 ... Recorded at least one hit in 50 of 57 games, and was hitless with at least four at bats only one time ... Had 25 multi-hit games and 18 multi-RBI games ... Went 3-for-6 with two RBIs and three runs at Central Arkansas (3/1) ... Blistered Iowa for six hits and 11 RBIs in a three-game series (3/8-9), including a grand slam and a two-run triple in the third inning of the final game ... Had three hits and two RBIs at 23rd-ranked Oklahoma State (3/11) ... Collected four hits against Arkansas State (3/19) ... Had five hits and four RBIs in the series at No. 8 Wichita State (4/4-6) ... Started all 57 games at third base ... Had three hits and two RBIs at Arkansas-Little Rock (4/15) ... Scored three runs at Bradley (4/19) ... Had three hits and three RBIs against the Braves the next day ... Went 3-for-4 with two runs and two RBIs versus Middle Tennessee (5/11) ... Was also hit by a school record-tying three pitches in that game to reach base safely six times ... Led the Bears with 14 stolen bases in 17 attempts ... Finished with two hits and two RBIs at UNI (5/15) ... Scored 53 runs and was hit by 10 pitches on the season.
2007: Drake hit .266 his sophomore season but belted six home runs and 14 doubles to finish one shy of the team lead for extra-base hits ... Played in 55 games and made 51 starts at third base ... Drove in 26 runs and scored 25 ... Hit safely in the first five games of the year to make the Southwest Diamond Classic all-tournament team ... Went 2-for-5 and scored the game-winning run against Texas-San Antonio (2/24) ... Homered against Middle Tennessee (3/4) ... Had two hits, including a home run, at Oral Roberts (3/7) ... Belted two doubles and went 3-for-4 against Arkansas-Little Rock (3/13) ... Had three hits, including a pair of doubles, at Arkansas State (3/21) ... Homered and scored twice against UNI (3/23) ... Hit a two-run double and homered against Saint Louis (3/28) ... Was 2-for-4 with two RBIs against Southeast Missouri State (4/4) ... Hit a three-run double at Evansville (5/6) ... Went 2-for-3 with a three-run double and a run scored to account for all four Missouri State runs against Indiana State (5/12).
2006: Drake burst onto the scene as a freshman and hit .289 with six homers and 35 RBIs while making 50 starts at third base ... Slugged .469, adding 13 doubles and a pair of triples to his six round-trippers ... Went 4-for-4 and scored twice against Saint Louis (3/29), and had three hits on four occasions and a total of 13 multiple-hit games ... Drove in a career-high five runs against Arkansas State (3/10), and had four RBIs and two doubles versus Illinois State (5/14) ... Homered and drove in two runs against Evansville in the first MVC Tournament championship game ... Was an honorable mention all-MVC selection.
Background: Drake came to Missouri State after a standout high school career at Webb City High ... A two-time all-state selection at shortstop, Drake led the Cardinals to a state championship in 2005 by posting a .512 batting average, 14 extra-base hits, including five home runs, 30 RBIs, and six stolen bases in 29 games ... Was 4-for-4 and pitched a complete game in the title contest ... As a pitcher, Drake was 8-1 in 16 games with a 2.23 ERA and 73 strikeouts ... In addition to his all-state selections, Drake was named first-team all-conference from 2002 to 2005 and first-team all-Ozarks in 2004 and 2005.
Personal: Brayden Lee Drake was born April 17, 1987, in Joplin, Mo. ... He is the son of David and Pam Drake ... Has two siblings, Patrick and Brittany ... Majoring in hospitality and restaurant administration.