The 2008 University of Cincinnati baseball Bearcats where a team to be reckoned with on the field as they posted a 39-20 overall record (19-8 Big East) and advanced to the Big East Tournament Championship game before going down.
Brian Cleary had some talent on his squad in 2008 as four Bearcats saw their name called during the MLB Draft including Josh Harrison who was taken in the sixth round by the Chicago Cubs.
While the regular season was a great success with the Bearcats finishing second in the Big East, they proved to be a team on a mission during the Big East Tournament as they knocked off West Virginia and South Florida (twice) before falling to Louisville in the championship game.
With many feeling head coach Brian Cleary was on the hot-seat to produce a winner, the Bearcats skipper went about his business and got his team looking like a true Big East contender in 2008 with many feeling the best is yet to come.
The 39 victories were a school record for wins in a season and the 19 Big East wins were also a new mark for the program.
By building a strong recruiting base of local talent Cleary has shown his emphasis on being an aggressive recruiter is paying off. With some of the best baseball facilities in the country don't look for Cleary or his staff to back off on any prospect.
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