After the 2016 season, the Grand Valley State baseball team returned only one starting pitcher that exceeded 40 innings pitched, Kyle Lawson. The GLIAC All-Second Team selection led the team in innings pitched the previous season.
In the first game of the 2017 season, Lawson took the mound and cruised through the first three innings, allowing only one run and two hits with six strikeouts. He started the fourth inning with two more strikeouts.
On pace for a dominating start, he left the game in the fourth inning with an apparent arm injury. In the next couple weeks, Lawson received Tommy-John surgery, officially ending his season and leaving a large hole to fill in GVSU’s rotation.