Jessee mows down D1 batters with epic 13.0 strikeout/per 9 rate

May 23, 2021

Brody Jessee

Anchorage’s Brody Jessee returned to the baseball field for Gonzaga University for the first time in three weeks.

He picked up right where he left off, striking out both batters he faced in the eighth inning of a 3-2 win over the University of San Francisco in the Big West Conference.

Jessee’s disappearing slider continues to wreak havoc on opposing batters as he has racked up 32 strikeouts in just 22.1 innings.

Now you see it, now you don’t.

His 13.0 strikeout/per 9-inning ratio is off the charts and would rank No. 1 in the WCC had he qualified with more innings.

The freshman had missed most of May before returning over the weekend to pitch in Game 2 and Game 3 against San Francisco as the Zags won the three-game series.

Jessee, of South High fame, leads Gonzaga with four saves and ranks fourth with a 3.18 ERA in 15 appearances. His high game for strikeouts is five.

The 6-foot-4 rocket right-hander was the team’s closer before missing time, so now he’s working his way back to form. It shouldn’t take long. Opposing batters are hitting just .175 against him.