Lockhart makes ‘tough call,’ enters grad transfer portal
Senior left-handed pitcher Lael Lockhart Jr. announced on Saturday afternoon through his Twitter account that he was entering the grad transfer portal after four seasons with Houston.
“I never thought I would have the opportunity to look at grad transfer stuff, kind of life after baseball,” Lockhart told Fox 26 Houston.
“…It’s a tough call because (of) all of the guys and relationships I have (at UH).”
I’ve entered the transfer portal as a grad transfer. Looking forward to future schools and opportunities!
— 𝑳𝒂𝒆𝒍 𝑱 𝑳𝒐𝒄𝒌𝒉𝒂𝒓𝒕 𝑱𝒓 (@LaelJLockhartJr) April 25, 2020
Lockhart, who joined Houston in 2017, started in four games for the Cougars in 2020 before the season was abruptly cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In those starts, Lockhart had a 4.58 ERA and a 1-2 record.
Lockhart’s interest in pursuing better academic opportunities was a factor in his decision to transfer the 6-foot-3-inch Friendswood native told Fox 26 Houston.