Jessee wraps up fab freshman year in historic Gonzaga season

June 9, 2021

Brody Jessee

Anchorage’s Brody Jessee saw his fabulous freshman season at the University of Gonzaga come to an end after a 9-4 loss to LSU in the NCAA Regional in Eugene, Oregon.

The freshman reliever finished it off by pitching a scoreless eighth inning, closing out one of the most successful seasons in Gonzaga baseball history.

Gonzaga finished the season 34-19 for a .642 winning percentage, the second highest in almost four decades. The Zags also had their highest-ever national ranking and best-ever seeding in their first NCAA Regional appearance since 2018.

Jessee, of South High fame, faced only three LSU batters during his lone inning of work. A leadoff single was erased by a double play and he struck out the final hitter he faced.

The Alaskan made 17 appearances on the season and was one of nine Gonzaga players to earn an All-West Coast Conference nod.

Jessee picked up two winning decisions and earned four saves, taking over as the Zags closer in April before a late-season injury kept him off the field for nearly a month.

The 6-foot-4 right-hander struck out 33 batters in 25 innings and posted a 4.68 ERA.

Jesse gave up nine of 13 earned runs in two games; take them out of the equation and his ERA drops to 1.64.