Another key member of the Kentucky Baseball team is coming back for an additional season. This morning, senior outfielder Jaren Shelby announced he will take advantage of the NCAA’s COVID eligibility relief waiver for spring sports student-athletes, joining fellow seniors T.J. Collett and Zeke Lewis in returning to Lexington for a final season.
“Lexington is home and Kentucky is family,” Shelby said. “It’s been an honor to represent Kentucky baseball in front of family, friends and the BBN. I’m not ready to walk away from that blessing just yet. To my teammates and coaches, let’s ride together one last time and do something that’s never been done before. Let’s make history.”
“Baseball is in my blood.” – @Jumungi_Soriano
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) August 3, 2020
Shelby, a Lexington native and third member of his family to play at UK, has been an integral member of the Bat Cats the past two seasons, hitting .270 with 39 runs, 19 extra-base hits and 41 RBI while also stealing 19 bases in 22 attempts. In 65 career games, he’s posted an .811 OPS. Last season, the Tates Creek High School alum stole five bases against Eastern Kentucky, becoming the first Southeastern Conference player to do so in 22 years.