But Lewis had another plan in mind, one that had Wildcats head coach Nick Mingione “screaming through the phone this morning,” according to Rivals.com writer Derek Terry.
He’ll be wearing Kentucky blue next year after all.
Just talked to Justin Lewis. Said UK head coach Nick Mingione screamed through the phone this morning when he told him he was coming back.— Derek Terry (@DerekSTerry) July 6, 2017
Lewis helped take the Wildcats to the NCAA Tournament’s super regional for the first time in program history, before intrastate foe Louisville prevented a run to the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
The right-handed pitcher finished his sophomore season with a 3.56 ERA and 71 strikeouts in 92 innings.
For Lewis, there’s always next year’s draft, and staying another year at Kentucky will allow him to finish his degree, something he told Cats Illustrated would make his late father proud.
He’ll remain alongside SEC Pitcher of the Year Sean Hjelle and Selma, Indiana, native Zack Thompson, who both are set to return.