PERKINSTON — Mississippi Gulf Coast relief pitcher Justin Lockey has signed to continue his collegiate playing career at McPherson College in Kansas.
"I went on a visit there and got along with the coaches real well," he said. "It really reminded me a lot of Perk. Small town, campus was nice. The field was great. It's a new area for me."
The right-hander from Long Beach went 4-1 with a 2.70 ERA and 28 strikeouts in 26.2 innings as a freshman after sitting out 2018 because of injury. He didn't allow an earned run in his final 12 appearances, striking out nine in 10.2 innings.
In 2020, Lockey had pitched 11.2 innings in four games with 11 strikeouts and a 5.40 ERA.
"He's a third-year guy here, and he comes at hitters from that arm angle from the side," Gulf Coast coach Wes Thigpen said. "He's really effective and can get a lot of outs that way."
Also nicknamed the Bulldogs, McPherson finished the abbreviated 2020 season 18-7. In 2019, the Bulldogs finished third in the Kansas Collegiate Athletic Conference with a 36-15 overall record, best in program history.
Lockey will head to the next level as a different player and person than he was when he got to MGCCC.
"The biggest thing I learned at Gulf Coast was how to get myself out there," he said. "In high school, I wasn't really the most outgoing guy, but at Gulf Coast I really built my personality."
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