June 20, 2019
By: Erica Rose
School may be out, and the sports season may be over for Lehigh University, but there's still a lot of excitement swirling around the campus. In the recent MLB draft, the Mountain Hawks had not one, but two players drafted.
It wasn’t the first time the Mountain Hawks saw their players advance to the next level. However, junior right-handed pitcher Levi Stoudt did become the highest drafted pitcher in program history. The Seattle Mariners selected Stoudt in the 3rd round and as the 97th overall pick. It was the first time since 2017 Lehigh had a player drafted, with Stoudt becoming the 13th player in program history.
Stoudt had a standout year in his final season as a Mountain Hawk. He finished 3-4 striking out 69 batters. His ERA and strikeout totals ranked fourth among all qualified Patriot League pitchers.
A day after Stoudt was selected, the Mountain Hawks saw another one of their aces achieve his dream. Junior right-hander Jason Reynolds was selected in the 32nd round by the San Diego Padres, as the 953rd overall pick. It was the first time since 2015 that two Lehigh players were taken in a same season. Stoudt can option not to sign and return to Lehigh in the fall.
AS a team the Mountain Hawks finished their 2018 campaign with a 21-28 overall record, 9-16 in the Patriot League. Their season came to an end with a 5-2 win over Holy Cross on May 6.