Delta State University announced the signing of The University of Southern Mississippi transfer Josh Lewis.
Lewis, a Theodore, Alabama native, spent the last two seasons pitching for the Golden Eagles, including making a pair of appearances on the mound in the 2020 COVID-19 pandemic-shortened season. Lewis worked 4.2 innings this past season and allowed a pair of runs, one earned, on four hits with four strikeouts against Central Arkansas. Lewis also threw a third of an inning and allowed one hit against McNeese.
Lewis posted a 1-1 record in 2019 for USM.
The 6-foot-1 pitcher totaled 16 appearances, including two starts, and logged 29 innings on the mound. Lewis yielded 20 earned runs and struck out 21 batters against 11 walks.
Prior to arriving at USM, Lewis compiled a 9-2 record in 13 starts Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College under Batts in his sophomore season. Lewis posted a 2.48 ERA that year and struck out 76 in 80 innings. Lewis also made 10 starts in his debut collegiate season at MGCCC, going 3-5 with 44 strikeouts in 50.1 innings.
Lewis is now the fourth player to transfer from the program along with Hunter LeBlanc, Brian Davis and Austen Izzio. In addition, seniors Matthew Guidry, Brant Blaylock and Alex Nelms have opted to not return despite having an extra year of eligibility due to the COVID-19 pandemic.