Senior left-hander Michael Heesch was able to recover quickly from a shaky start Thursday, throwing a five-hitter to lead the University of South Carolina Beaufort baseball team to a 5-2 win over Mid-Continent (Ky.) at Richard Gray Sports Complex in Hardeeville.
Heesch (1-0) walked the leadoff man, hit the second batter and allowed an RBI single to Cable McMinn to start the game, as the Cougars (0-6) took a first-inning lead for the second day in a row. They added a second run when cleanup hitter Ricky Arias hit into a double play, the first of 11 consecutive batters Heesch retired before a leadoff single in the fifth.
Mid-Continent starter Tomas Rodriguez shut down the Sand Sharks (3-1) for most of the day. Rodriguez (0-2) allowed only one run and one hit through six innings, but USCB finally solved him in the seventh, with help from an error. Gabe Torres' two-run single was the decisive hit for the Sand Sharks.
Conald Mansfield added a two-run double in the eighth, but Heesch didn't need the insurance. He didn't allow a runner past second base after the first inning. He struck out eight and didn't issue another walk after the first batter of the game.
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The Sand Sharks have won the first two games of the four-game series, which continues at 2 p.m. today. Left-hander Adam Miller is the scheduled starter for USCB.