The University of North Dakota dropping its baseball program in 2016 may have been the best thing to happen to Miles Lewis.
Lewis, a 2014 graduate of Hudson High School, had just been named the Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American after leading the Fighting Hawks in home runs, hits, slugging percentage, total bases, stolen bases and batting average.
Just one day after learning the UND program would not exist in 2017 Lewis got a call from the University of Michigan. Now he's playing for the Wolverines in the 2019 College World Series in Omaha.
Lewis was a three sport star at Hudson High School, earning a total of 10 varsity letters including four in baseball, three in basketball and three in football. He was a three-time All-Big Rivers Conference selection in baseball while earning all-district and all-state honors as a senior in 2014 when he was named the Hudson High School Male Athlete of the Year. He also earned academic all-state honors as a junior and a senior.
After redshirting at UND in 2015, he hit .360 with a .429 on-base percentage and 20 stolen bases to earn Western Athletic Conference Freshman of the Year and Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American honors. Then, when UND abruptly dropped it baseball program Michigan came calling.
Lewis made an immediate impact with the Wolverines, starting every game in left field and leading the team with 14 doubles while batting .296. He earned NSCA Strength and Conditioning All-American honors in 2018 while making 37 starts in the outfield and as designated hitter.
As a redshirt senior this season, Lewis is batting .265 in 59 starts to help the Wolverines reach the College World Series best-of-three finals against Vanderbilt Monday through Wednesday, June 24-26.
Michigan takes a record of 49-20 into its first College World Series finals appearance since 1962. They advanced past No. 16-ranked Oregon State, Creighton and Cincinnati to advance to the super regional round, where they knocked off top seed UCLA in a closely played three game series. They punched their ticket to the finals by winning a group that included Arkansas, Florida State, and Texas Tech-edging Texas Tech twice along the way.