Former USC Beaufort pitcher Michael Heesch, now in the Chicago Cubs organization, was promoted to Triple-A for a day and made the most of his brief stay.
The 24-year-old left-hander had been pitching for Class A Kane County in the Midwest League, where he was 1-0 with a 2.81 ERA in 16 innings over 10 relief appearances for the Cougars.
Heesch, who missed the beginning of the season with appendicitis, was promoted to the Triple-A Iowa Cubs to temporarily help out a short-handed bullpen. He earned the win Wednesday in a 2-1 14-inning victory over Omaha with 3 1/3 innings of scoreless relief, before being returned to Kane County.
Heesch was an eighth-round selection out of USCB in 2012 after becoming the first Sand Shark named an NAIA All-American. His senior season, Heesch was 9-3 with a 2.21 ERA and a school-record 118 strikeouts, earning Sun Conference Pitcher of the Year honors and leading the Sand Sharks to the NAIA World Series.