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Lewis returning to Kentucky for junior season on mound


Nick Mingione will have one of his starting pitchers back next season with the return of Justin Lewis, a 2016 freshman All-American and 11th-round MLB draft pick this summer.

Lewis turned down an offer from the Tampa Bay Rays for another year on the mound in Lexington.

A 6-foot-7 redshirt sophomore, Lewis was the Cats’ Sunday starter all season with a 6-4 record and a 3.56 earned run average in 91 innings. He struck out 72 batters and allowed only 77 hits on the year with a near perfect game against UC Santa Barbara back in March. His career ERA of 3.19 ranks sixth on UK’s all-time career list and he is fifth on the career hits per nine innings list with 7.45 allowed.

Article written by Drew Franklin

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3 responses to “Lewis returning to Kentucky for junior season on mound”

  1. chris gettelfinger is not walking through that door

    Great news for the Bat Cats!

  2. TBW3011

    Can’t spell it, so I spell it the way it’s pronounced. Is Jelly back?

    1. BBNDan7

      Yes, he wasn’t old enough to be drafted