GREENVILLE, S.C. – Georgia Southern’s (26-30) Justin Hess pitched a complete-game shutout to defeat College of Charleston (31-25), 2-0, in game four of the Southern Conference Tournament at Fluor Field.
Hess (5-6) tallied a season-high 10 strikeouts and allowed just four Cougar hits in a full nine-inning shutout. He only gave up two walks and six Cougar baseunners while throwing 141 pitches.
CofC’s Jake Zokan (4-3) was nearly as effective in his second career SoCon Tournament start. Zokan recorded a career-high 10 strikeouts in his team-best seventh quality start of the season. The senior went 6.2 innings, scattering seven hits and allowing just two runs. He only gave up two walks and stranded six Eagle runners.
Gunnar Heidt was the offensive bright spot for the Cougars, as he tallied two of the team’s four hits and reached on a walk.
The game’s only scoring came in the first inning with a single from Robbie Dodds and a two-run homer from T.D. Davis over the monster wall in left field. Davis finished the game with a homer and double to go with a walk.
Georgia Southern threatened again in the fourth inning, loading the bases with one out after a muffed catch by Cody Martin and a walk. However, Zokan responded with consecutive strikeouts of Scooter Williams and Ben Morgan, keeping the margin at just 2-0.
The Cougars had an opportunity to tie the game in the seventh inning with a two-out single from Alex Pastorius and an error that allowed Martin to advance to second. However, Ryan Welke flied to center field to end the scoring threat.
Charleston turns right around to play an elimination game against Elon that begins at 1:45 p.m.