Alex Kowalczyk drives in a career-high four of Pitt's eight runs.
2015: Reached base five times in the opener against Saint Louis, walking four times and was hit by a pitch once ... Walked twice versus Kansas State ... Walked and scored two runs at Wofford ... Smashed a two-run double and finished with 3 RBI and a run scored at USC Upstate ... Went 2-for-4 with two singles against ETSU ... Had a single in the first game against VCU ... Drove in one run in the second game versus VCU … Doubled in the opener against No.1 Virginia … Scored twice and walked three times in the first game against Niagara … Went 1-for-3 with two runs and a walk in the opener versus No. 11 North Carolina … Hit the walk-off RBI single in the finale with No. 11 North Carolina … Against Akron, homered and tripled … Drove in a run in the first game at Duke. 2014: Appeared in 51 games with 41 starts...Hit .262 with 38 hits, five doubles and 16 RBI along with a .317 slugging percentage...Led the team with a .282 average in ACC play...Had 24 hits with four doubles in conference...Homered in the opening game of the season...Went 3-6 with a home run against Presbyterian...had a 3-4 outing with an RBI in a win against Duke...went 3-3 in a win against top-ranked Virginia.
2013: Played in 45 games with 43 starts in 2013...finished the year with a .305 average with 53 hits, two homers and 31 RBIs...had a .414 slugging percentage and a .423 on-base percentage...hit a grand slam in Pitt's Feb. 17 win at Wichita State...went 4-for-5 with three RBI at Wofford...had a 4-for-4 outing against Manhattan in the Panther Classic...tallied three RBI in a win over Akron...tied a season high with four RBI, including a three-run homerun, against Notre Dame...hit safely in seven-straight games from April 20-April 30...suffered an injury in the Georgetown series opener causing him to miss 14 games.
2012: Played in five games while making one start in his first season with the Panthers...posted a .200 batting average to go along with a .429 on-base percentage and .400 slugging percentage...made his first career start on April 17 against Kent State, where he walked twice and scored a run...doubled in an 8-2 win over Akron to record his first career hit.
High School: Hess carried a career average of .410 with 24 doubles and seven home runs during three varsity seasons at Cathedral Prep High School in Erie, Pa....named All-District 10 and all-region during his junior and senior seasons...selected as the 2011 Erie Times News Preseason Player of the Year...earned a spot as an honorable mention on the ESPN RISE All-State Team...a 2010 Preseason Perfect Game All-American...named the Glenwood League Rookie of the Year for Rambler 9...also played for the PA Redhawks...named the Athlete of the Year at Cathedral Prep in 2011...varsity basketball team qualified for the state quarterfinals as a sophomore...a member of the National Honor Society...finished in top-five of graduating class.
Personal: Born on Aug. 2, 1992...son of David and Christine Hess...has two brothers, Scott and Nick, and one sister, Gretchen...finance major.