Jessee emerges as Zag’s new closer with two saves in nine days
The Gonzaga University baseball team has a new closer.
And his name is Brody Jessee.
The Anchorage native recorded his first two college saves in a nine-day span against Saint Mary’s and Washington.
He earned them the hard way, too; pitching two shutout innings in each game.
The freshman right-hander has been a big boost to the Zags’ bullpen, racking up a 4.08 ERA and 26 strikeouts in 17.1 innings.
He was promoted from middle-of-the-game guy to the go-to guy who comes in with the game on the line.
The former South Wolverines star protected a 2-1 win over Saint Mary’s by throwing two clean innings.
In the eighth inning he registered two strikeouts and a comebacker. In the ninth inning he worked around a single and a walk to end the game with a strikeout.
In a 3-0 win over Washington, Jessee sealed the deal with a pair of scoreless frames.
He entered the game in the eighth inning with two runners on base and no outs.
Jesse struck out the first two batters he faced before ending the inning on a flyout.
In the ninth inning, he wiggled out of a two-on, two out jam by striking out the final batter of the game.
Jessee (1-0) has struck out twice as many batters as he’s walked.
Gonzaga is 24-13 on the season, including 7-4 when the Alaskan pitches.