TUCSON, Ariz. – University of South Alabama right-handed pitcher Jeremy Lee was named 2021 Freshman All-America by Collegiate Baseball, as announced by the organization Wednesday.
Lee (3-2) appeared in 11 games with nine starts this season, and recorded a 3.46 ERA with one save while combining for one shutout. He struck out 68 batters and issued nine walks in 52 innings pitched, and limited opponents to a .224 batting average. Lee posted five quality starts out of his nine in 2021.
In six Sun Belt Conference appearances, five of which were starts, Lee went 2-1 with a 3.41 ERA and one save. He struck out 39 batters and issued five walks in 29 innings pitched en route to second-team all-SBC honors.
Lee is South Alabama’s 13th Freshman All-American, and the first since Ethan Wilson earned the honor from three different organizations in 2019. Lee is the first Jag pitcher to earn Freshman All-America honors since right-hander P.J. Walters was named First-Team All-America by Collegiate Baseball in 2004. Lee is just the fourth Jaguar hurler to be named a Freshman All-American by Collegiate Baseball in the program’s 50-plus year history, joining Walters, Clark Girardeau (2001 – First Team) and Mike Nakamura (1995 – First Team).
“When I chose to South Alabama, I was expecting to be one of the guys; I think everybody does whenever they come into a new program,” Lee said. “I am really just grateful that I got the opportunity to go out there and prove myself. Whenever they (coaches) told me I was moving to the Friday (night starter) spot, it kind of felt like a dream come true. Coach Calvi and Coach (Brad) Phillips in the fall and preseason this spring were constantly telling us to go right at people, and you look at it and if a hitter is successful three out of 10 times then they are making it. So as a pitcher you just have to go right at people and make them make the mistake and take advantage of it.”
Lee’s last appearance of the season came at Georgia Southern on April 30. He tossed 2 2/3 innings in that start before being shut down for the remainder of the season.
“I obviously wanted to be out there (in postseason), but watching it was really special to me to see our guys compete and kind of prove everybody wrong,” Lee said. “Nobody expected us to eliminate Florida or Miami (from NCAA postseason). I feel like we are a hard-nosed team and program. When you’re the underdog it makes it fun.”
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