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.
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.