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Josh Lester
Josh  Lester

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Columbus, Ga.

High School:
Columbus

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 211

Position:
INF


03/04/2015

Mizzou Baseball Set for Home Opener vs. Milwaukee

Tigers and Panthers will play a three-game series this weekend at Taylor Stadium.

03/01/2015

Mizzou Completes Sweep of UIC, Off to Best Start Since 1985

Fairbanks deals, Ring sparks Tiger offense.

02/28/2015

Mizzou Matches Best Start Since 1993 with Doubleheader Sweep of UIC

Lester hits walk-off homer in game one, Williams earns a win and save in sweep.

02/26/2015

Tigers Set for UIC in Millington

Mizzou looks to keep momentum going against UIC

02/22/2015

Triple Play Preserves Mizzou's 1-0 Win Over Purdue

Mizzou turns triple play in the bottom of the sixth inning to preserve lead, moves to 7-1.

05/17/2014

Missouri Baseball vs Arkansas - May 17, 2014

Missouri vs Arkansas

05/15/2014

Missouri Baseball vs. Arkansas - May 15, 2014

Missouri Baseball vs. Arkansas

05/04/2014

Missouri Baseball vs. Vanderbilt - May 4, 2014

Missouri Baseball vs. Vanderbilt

05/03/2014

Missouri Baseball vs Vanderbilt - Game 2 - May 3, 2014

Missouri vs Vanderbilt

05/02/2014

Missouri Baseball vs Vanderbilt - Game 1 - May 2, 2014

Missouri vs Vanderbilt

2014
• Mizzou's everyday shortstop, started in 51 games for the Tigers.
• With 18 walks and 46 hits in 194 at bats, Lester developed a .298 on-base percentage and slugged .296 on the year.
• Tallied his second career four-hit game early in the season against Radford, going 4-for-5 with two runs and an RBI (2/21)
• Throughout the season, Lester gathered 14 multi-hit games.
• Also went 2-for-3 with a run scored in a one-run loss against the No. 14 Rebels of Ole Miss (3/21).

2013
• Named to the All-SEC Freshman team in 2013.
• Had arguably the best freshman season by a Tiger infielder since Eric Garcia in 2010 as he hit .260 with a team-best 11 extra-base hits, including a team-best nine doubles and two homers.
• Also played all four infield positions in his first year as a Tiger and despite playing all four infield spots, he had just four errors, the lowest among Tiger infielders while playing in 49 of 40 games, starting 42.
• He had a team infielder-best .986 fielding percentage.
• Struck out just 23 times in 154 at-bats and had 25 RBI and 14 runs scored as he hit .294 with runners on base and .306 with runners in scoring position.
• His numbers stayed consistent in SEC play as well, hitting .260 with six of his nine doubles and both homers coming in league contests.
• Launched his first career homer at Tennessee (3/23) and homered again at Texas A&M, a three-run shot to right field (5/4).
• His 40 hits were third on the team, trailing only Dane Opel and Dylan Kelly.
• He had a four-hit game in the Sunday contest against Florida (4/21), becoming the first Tiger freshman with a four-hit game since CJ Jarvis in 2011.

High School
• Drafted in the 30th round of the MLB First Year Player Draft by the Cleveland Indians.
• Is one of two current Tigers to play in the Little League World Series, helping Northern Georgia LL claim the 2006 Little League World Series Title.
• Was a career .350 hitter with two home runs and 103 RBI while at Columbus High School under the direction of head coach Bobby Howard.
• Hit .394 with two homers and 43 RBI in his senior season and guided Columbus High School to a 31-4 overall record and a state championship.
• All-Bi-City selection as a senior in 2012.
• Honorable mention Bi-City in 2010 and 2011 as well.
• Earned three Georgia State Championships and four State Championship appearances during his four seasons with Columbus.

Personal
• Born on July 17, 1994, to parents Jimmy and Beth Lester in Columbus, Ga.
• Two of his high school teammates - J.T. Phillips and Kyle Carter - play for fellow SEC rival Georgia.
• Plans to major in sport management while at Mizzou.
• Sister is a soccer player for Columbus High School, which placed second at the state championships in her freshman season last year.

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