Scouting Report: Has earned weekend starter assignment ... had an outstanding freshman season as the team?s top reliever ... good competitor.
Summer 2001: Threw well in dual role of starter and closer, helping lead the Durham Braves to the Coastal Plain League Championship ... compiled a 5-3 record and a 2.75 ERA while completing three games and saving two ... struck out 40 and allowed 47 hits and 18 walks in 52.1 innings pitched.
2001: Compiled a 3-2 record out of the bullpen with a 4.45 ERA ... posted three saves in 20 appearances, leading team in both categories ... topped relievers with 23 strikeouts in 32.1 innings ... led team with 1.80 ERA in Big Ten action ... made nine apperances with one save in league play ... struck out 15 hitters in 15.0 innings against Big Ten foes ... earned first collegiate win in relief appearance vs. Wake Forest (2/18) ... made first start of his career at San Diego (3/13) ... posted 15.2 consecutive innings pitched without allowing an earned run, a span of seven appearances ... streak began at Cal State Northridge (3/17) with a three-inning, three- strikeout performance ... hurled two scoreless innings at IUPUI (3/21) ... threw 5.1 innings of relief vs. Minnesota (3/24) ... pitched final 1.2 innings to preserve win at Michigan State (3/30) ... retired final two outs in 7-6 victory to earn first collegiate save at Ball State (4/4) ... threw scoreless final inning in win at Northwestern (4/7) ... struck out three in two-inning relief appearance to help complete doubleheader sweep at Northwestern (4/7) ... gave up first earned run in nearly a month but was credited with win vs. Penn State (4/15) ... earned win at Illinois (4/22) ... recorded save at Indiana State (5/5).
High School: Transferred to Lexington Catholic after sophomore year at Dunbar High School ... received freshman pitcher of the year award at Dunbar and followed with 4-0 record as a sophomore ... posted a 8-3 record during his junior season and first at Lexington Catholic ... earned all-district, all-region and all-section honors during both junior and senior seasons ... named most valuable player of Lexington Invitational tournament and earned team?s Mr. Hustle award ... helped lead Lexington Catholic to Kentucky state baseball championship during junior campaign ...went 13-2 and earned team most valuable player accolades as senior.
Personal: Born October 21, 1981 ... son of William and Rebecca Lester ... has one younger brother, Alex, and two younger sisters, Elisha and Rebecca ... management major ... would like to run his own golf course someday.
Lester?s Career Bests:
Innings Pitched (Relief): 5.1, vs. Minnesota (3/24/01)
Innings Pitched (Start): 0.2, at San Diego (3/13/01)
Strikeouts: 3, four times, last at Indiana (4/29/01)
Saves: Three, last at Indiana State (5/5/01)
As freshman, hurled 15.2 consecutive innings pitched without allowing an earned run. The seven-game span from March 17 to April 15, included appearances against Cal-State Northridge, IUPUI, Minnesota, Michigan State, Ball State and Northwestern (twice).