Paxton finished the 2009 season ranked third in the NCAA in strikeouts per nine innings, fanning 13.2 hitters per nine innings pitched. The 6-foot-4, 215-pounder, struck out 115 in 78.1 innings last season.
Last season, Paxton finished with a 5-3 record and a 5.86 ERA. In his three-year career, Paxton has totaled an 11-5 record and a 4.91 ERA, appearing in 55 games with 24 starts. Paxton has two career saves in 148.1 innings, allowing 149 hits, while striking out 168. Paxton's 115 strikeouts in 2009 check in fifth-best in the 105-year history of the Kentucky program, marking just the 10th player in program history to eclipse 100 strikeouts in a season. Paxton and 2009 UK senior southpaw Chris Rusin (108 strikeouts in 94.1 IP) teamed to help UK set a new season strikeout record, as the UK staff fanned 523 in 2009, breaking the previous record of 502 team strikeouts in 1995.
Paxton returns to UK for senior season
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