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College of Charleston baseball player killed in Laurens County crash

CofC baseball coach Matt Heath released the following statement in response to news of Jacob Oaks' death. (Provided)

A College of Charleston student on his way home to study for exams was killed in a crash early Monday morning in Laurens County.

Laurens County Deputy Coroner Vickie Cheek said 19-year-old Jacob Robert Oaks was stopped on the side of the road and attempting to help another driver when his 2007 Toyota truck was struck and he was killed. Officials say he was wearing a seat belt at the time of his death.

The crash happened on I-385 near mile marker 18.

Oaks graduated from Southside Christian School in Simpsonville and was planning to transfer to Clemson from College of Charleston at the end of this semester.

Oaks was recruited to play baseball for the College of Charleston, and his commitment was announced in November of 2015.

"Jacob is very projectable right-handed pitcher with a great three-pitch mix," said CofC head baseball coach Matt Heath at the time. "He is a consistent strike thrower with an above average slider. His fastball sits in the upper 80's and also likes to work in a sinker to keep hitters off balance. He will be a great addition to our bullpen for years to come.”

In a statement released Monday afternoon, Heath described Oaks as a "good kid."

"He was very quiet and reserved, but he worked hard and did anything he was asked to do," Heath said. "He comes from a great family that's very close. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family."

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