The Kentucky baseball program has its first player taking advantage of the NCAA’s ruling on eligibility relief for spring sports student-athletes.
This afternoon, UK senior infielder Zeke Lewis announced he will be returning for the 2021 season.
“I can’t express how grateful I am to have worn Kentucky across my chest during my collegiate career,” Lewis said. “I couldn’t have asked for a better place to call home and develop as a student, person and player.
“With that being said, I’m excited to say I’ll be returning to UK for my final year of eligibility. I can’t wait to get back to campus with my brothers and accomplish something that’s never been done before. Go Cats!”
— Kentucky Baseball (@UKBaseball) June 25, 2020
Due to the coronavirus pandemic cutting spring sports short this year, the NCAA announced back in March that student-athletes whose seasons were canceled would be granted an extra year of eligibility, including baseball, softball, tennis, golf, outdoor track and field, lacrosse, rowing, men’s volleyball, beach volleyball and women’s water polo.
A native of Atlanta, Georgia, Lewis was in the midst of a career season in Lexington, batting .378 in 14 games with nine runs scored, seven RBI and five stolen bases. He finished the campaign with hits in 12 of his final 21 at-bats spanning a career-long seven-game hitting streak. The versatile switch-hitter was primarily a second baseman but also could play outfield, shortstop and third base.
For his career, Lewis has appeared in 115 games, including 43 starts. He has scored 47 runs, driven in 21, collected six doubles and two home runs while going 17-of-20 in stolen base attempts. He has crushed left-handed pitching in his career, batting .391 in 2019 as part of a career .317 average from the right-side of the plate.
Lewis is the first UK senior to announce his intention to return to the program for a final season, with fellow seniors T.J. Collett, Elliott Curtis and Jaren Shelby still in the process of working through their decisions.