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LSU's Zack Hess Throws Four Shutout Innings In Team USA Win Over Cuba

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LSU's Zack Hess throws four shutout innings in Team USA win over Cuba

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LSU pitcher Zack Hess has pitched nine scoreless innings for Paul Mainieri-coached Team USA this summer.
LSU pitcher Zack Hess has pitched nine scoreless innings for Paul Mainieri-coached Team USA this summer.(Mark Ylen)

By Ron Higgins

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ron_higgins@nola.com,

NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune

LSU pitcher Zack Hess pitched four scoreless innings as the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team blanked Cuba 3-0 at Estadio Latinoamericano on Wednesday.

Starting with Hess, three pitchers combined on a three-hit shutout and the offense scored three times in the second inning.

Hess gave up three hits, striking out one and had no walks. Jake Agnos of East Carolina retired all 12 batters in four innings of relief following Hess and closer Max Meyer of Minnesota had a 1-2-3 ninth to pick up his team-leading sixth save of the summer.

The three pitchers retired the final 18 batters that they faced as the U.S. notched its second shutout of the summer. Team USA recorded a 1-0 victory over Japan on July 4 in Durham, N.C.

"Hess is done for the summer now," said Team USA coach Paul Mainieri of LSU. "He just did a tremendous job in all three outings here with Team USA with nine scoreless innings."

Hess said playing for Team USA along with LSU teammates Zach Watson and Daniel Cabrera, who had two hits Wednesday, has been a thrill.

"I know Coach Mainieri has been having a lot of fun with it and this is something he has always wanted to do," Hess said. "The fact that we have me, Daniel (Cabrera), Zach (Watson), and Antoine (Duplantis) earlier in the summer, has been incredible. We all took it with a lot of humbleness and have been enjoying every second."

Team USA will look to clinch its fourth consecutive series victory over Cuba at Estadio Latinoamericano at 7:15 p.m. ET Thursday night. The final two games of the series will then be played at 10 a.m. ET on Friday and Saturday.


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