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Josh Lester 17
Josh Lester

Class:
Sophomore

Hometown:
Columbus, Ga.

High School:
Columbus

Height / Weight:
6-2 / 200

Position:
INF

B/T:
L/R


04/24/2014

Mizzou Baseball Set For Series at No. 8 Florida

Tigers face sixth ranked opponent in seventh SEC series.

04/23/2014

Fairbanks Leads Mizzou to 5-2 Win Over Illinois

Strong days from Kelly and Fairbanks led Mizzou to the Braggin' Rights win.

04/22/2014

Mizzou Walks Off Against Wichita State, Wins 5-4

Senior Dillon Everett drove in the game's winning run in the bottom of the 10th inning.

04/21/2014

Tigers Set For Midweek Contests at Big League Ballparks

Mizzou will face Wichita State Tuesday at Kauffman, Illinois Wednesday at Busch

04/20/2014

Tigers Fall Again in Extras to No. 22 MSU, 9-7

Eric Anderson and Logan Pearson both had strong days in the series finale.

04/20/2014

Missouri Baseball vs. Mississippi State - April 20, 2014

Missouri Baseball vs. Mississippi State

04/19/2014

Missouri Baseball vs. Mississippi State - April 19, 2014

Missouri Baseball vs. Mississippi State

04/18/2014

Missouri Baseball vs. Mississippi - April 18, 2014

Missouri Baseball vs. Mississippi

04/08/2014

Missouri Baseball vs. Missouri State - April 8, 2014

Missouri Baseball vs. Missouri State

04/06/2014

Missouri Baseball vs. Georgia - April 6, 2014

Missouri Baseball vs. Georgia

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.