Nov. 11, 2003
COLUMBUS, Ohio – Left-handed pitcher Scott Lewis (Jr., Washington Court House, Ohio/Washington) and second baseman Drew Anderson (Jr. Brownsburg, Ind./Brownsburg) were named Third Team Preseason All-Americans Tuesday by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
Lewis was named the 2003 Big Ten Pitcher of the Year and a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American last year after finishing 9-1 on the mound. Lewis ran his record to 9-0 before suffering a loss in his last outing of the regular season, May 16, when he tore his ulnar collateral ligament in a game at Minnesota. That loss snapped a string of 15 consecutive victories. His 17-3 career record gives him a win percentage of .850, which is third best in school history.
He finished with a 1.61 ERA in 2003 and held opposing batters to a .160 batting average. His 127 strikeouts in 83 2/3 innings was the third highest total in school history. He walked only 24 batters and gave up just 48 hits. Lewis finished 6-1 in conference games with a 1.35 ERA and 90 strikeouts. He earned National Player of the Week honors twice as a sophomore in back-to-back outings in which he struck out 20 vs. Iowa and then 16 against Indiana and twice earned Big Ten Pitcher of the Week honors. Lewis underwent Tommy John surgery the week of regional play and could return to the mound late in the 2004 season.
Anderson was a Second Team All-Big Ten selection in 2003 after leading the Buckeyes with 77 hits. He batted .307 for the season and had 12 home runs and 34 RBI. Anderson was unanimously named the most outstanding player of the NCAA Auburn Regional by batting .429 (6-of-14) with two doubles and four home runs. Also a member of the all-regional team, he touched 20 bases for a slugging percentage of 1.429.
Ohio State opens the 2004 season Feb. 13-15 at the Minute Maid Park College Classic in Houston. The Buckeyes will play Texas, the 2002 national champion, Feb. 13 at 4 p.m. and also will play Kansas State and Texas Tech. Houston and defending national champion Rice also are in the tournament, though will not face Ohio State.