Lackey started three games for the Tigers and finished with a 1-2 record. He struck out 17 batters and walked only seven. His win came against Cal Poly where he threw six innings allowing only four hits and no runs while recording nine strikeouts. Finished the season with 10.20 strikeouts per nine innings.
Lackey pitched for the St. Cloud Rox in the Northwoods League over the summer. He had a 3.53 ERA, going 2-0 in his 48.1 innings to go along with 35 strikeouts.
Lackey's strong bullpen work to start the year earned him three Saturday starts to end the season. Out of the bullpen, Lackey had a 3.00 ERA and nine strikeouts in 12 innings. His first career win came on March 8 against South Dakota State when Lackey threw a perfect inning of relief. He had a five-game scoreless streak in which he allowed no earned runs from March 26 to May 7.
A Linden, California native, Lackey played his high school ball for the Linden Lions. Lackey was named to the Mother Lode League three times and helped the Lions win the conference twice, with Linden going 15-0 both of those years. After a senior season that saw him hit .393/.465/.573 and lead the league with 17 stolen bases, Lackey was named league MVP. He hit over .380 in all three of his varsity seasons: .385 his sophomore year, .381 his junior year, and .393 his senior year. Lackey shone on the mound as well, throwing 55.1 innings with 88 strikeouts and a 1.64 ERA. Lackey set the school record with 17 strikeouts in one game. He was also named All-League in basketball his senior year and was the team captain all four years of high school.
Lackey is the son of Julie and George Lackey. He has two sisters in Kaylyn, who played volleyball at Holy Names, and Madison. Lackey's cousin Michael Rivera played baseball at Fresno Pacific and for the Arizona Diamondbacks while his cousin Cassie Rivera played softball at Mississippi Valley State. His grandfather, Ray Butler, played basketball for Seattle University. Lackey is majoring in sports management.