Drew Zimmerman, LHS baseball standout, now closer for BYU

Staff Writer | Lehi Free Press

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Drew Zimmerman, son of Layne and Lisa Zimmerman of Lehi, and freshman baseball player at BYU, has become an outstanding closing pitcher for Coach Mike Littlewood. In four games against Omaha, Gonzaga, Pepperdine, and Utah, Zimmerman came on in relief and shut the teams down. At Omaha, Zimmerman came to the mound for the first time at Miller Field. He threw a 91-mph fastball as he caught a batter swinging. The next two players popped out.

During the Utah game, Littlewood used Zimmerman, who put the Utes down in order. Littlewood said of Zimmerman, “You have to have no fear. You have to have a bulldog and you can’t have one ounce of fear in your entire body. You have to have the stuff that he’s got at the end of a league game, for sure. But he’s a fearless kid that’s going to put his head down and give it everything he’s got.”

Zimmerman’s fastball is often clocked in the low 90’s. He has an earned run average of 1.25, next lowest of all BYU pitchers. He has 16 strikeouts in 21.2 innings pitched and has allowed only 11 hits.

Zimmerman was an All-State Honorable Mention as a high school player. He is a younger brother to six All-State softball-playing sisters and has two younger brothers following in his footsteps.

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