80 Cardinals Have Signed
Professional Baseball Contracts
Under Coach Dan McDonnell
IVAN K. RICE | email@example.com
PARIS, KY – Last month in front of family, friends, teammates and coaches, Colonel senior baseball pitcher Brycen Collins signed his National Letter of Intent to continue his baseball career at the University of Louisville.
Collins, who played in the KHSBCA East/West All-Star game this summer, finished his junior season with a 9-2 record. He recorded 110 strikeouts (5th best in the state) had an ERA of 0.70 (5th best in the state) and averaged 13 strikeouts per game pitched.
At the plate, he batted a team second best .350 that saw him collect 35 hits (tied for first), 22 runs scored (4th best), 23 RBIs (2nd best) and 13 doubles that led the team. He also recorded the least number of strikeouts per plate appearance for Coach Nelson Faris’ Colonels.
Collins will be headed to a program that when they talk about the best programs in NCAA baseball, one best believe that they will mention the University of Louisville.
Louisville, a Power 5 school that plays out of the ACC, boast one of the best collegiate baseball programs in the nation under Coach Dan McDonnell. Last spring they reached the semifinal of the NCAA College World Series for the first time in the program’s history before falling to eventual national champion Vanderbilt. Louisville has played in 5 College World Series, 8 Super Regionals, won 10 Conference Titles and reached the NCAA Tournament 12 out of McDonnell’s 13 seasons as the school’s head coach. He’s also seen 84 of his players get selected in the MLB Draft with 80 of those signing professional contracts.
“I have always told my parents that one of my goals in life was to play baseball at Louisville,” said Collins. “I said that if Louisville offers me, that’s where I am going.”
Read the entire story on Collins signing with the Ville in next week’s Bourbon County Citizen’s Sports Section.