In only his second start since returning from a shoulder injury, Potomac pitcher Jason Coogan got his first opportunity as a professional to face his longtime friend and LSU teammate Eddy Furniss.
The Lynchburg first baseman dominated the reunion, however. He had three hits off Coogan, including a towering two-run homer off the top of the right field light pole in the first inning en route to a 7-0 trouncing of the Cannons (19-35) in a Class A Carolina League game in front of 1,075 at Pfitzner Stadium.
Those three runs were all that Lynchburg (27-26) and starter Sam McConnell would need as he baffled Cannons hitters all night, pitching the first complete-game shutout in the league this season. McConnell, a 6-foot-5 left-hander, surrendered five hits, struck out 10 and allowed only three Cannons to reach scoring position.
Coogan, on the other hand, was hit hard all night. He gave up six earned runs, nine hits and two walks over five innings.
"I'm still trying to get back in the groove," Coogan said. "I fell behind a lot of batters early in the game, and I don't have the confidence in my fastball back yet."