Recruits react to College World Series run

University of Louisville's run to the 2013 College World Series has further cemented the high expectations and building tradition of Cardinal baseball. Cardinal Authority caught up with a few future Cardinals and has their reaction to Louisville's run to Omaha.

Louisville St.X third baseman Austin Clemons helped his team to the Kentucky State Baseball Championship game less than two weeks ago. He led the Tigers in nearly every statistical category, including a batting average over .500 and in stolen bases.

"It was a great year," he said. "We had a great run in the post season, but we couldn't quite come out with the championship and it's always tough to see our seniors go."

"I thought I improved a lot from last year and my numbers are a lot better," he continued. "It's all about the development process and getting better throughout my high school career, so I can contribute when I get to U of L."

A 2014 pledge to the Cardinals, Clemons (6'2, 195) is keeping a close eye on his future school and appreciates the expectation level that is being built.

"It's exciting to be committed there and see that the tradition that I'll be walking into is one of winning," he said. "Hopefully when I get there we can keep it going and get to Omaha."

Another local product, shortstop Drew Ellis of Jeffersonville (Ind.) High School is also motivated by the Cardinals current run to the College World Series.

"It's truly awesome to watch as all of their hard work is paying off," he told Cardinal Authority. "I didn't get a chance to go to a practice but I went to a few games and it's great to see. It makes me want to keep working, so hopefully one of these days I will be there when we go to the College World Series."

Leading his team with a .471 average, Ellis (6'3, 190) helped Jeffersonville to a Regional Championship this spring and is a top 400 prospect in the Class of 2014 by Perfect Game.

Close friends, Chris Botsoe and Josh Stowers, a pair of 2015 pledges who recently fininshed participating in the invite-only Junior National Showcase, have been keeping a close eye on the future coach's team and hope to make the trip to Nebraska to catch some of the College World Series action.

The Cardinals impressive sweep through Regionals and the Super Regional is accomplishment that Dan McDonnell suggested may happen while working his secure Botsoe's verbal commitment in March.

"Coach Mac told me in the recruiting process this year was supposed to be one of the best years in school history and the team has a great chance of going to Omaha and winning and I believed it back in January and I believe it now," said Botsoe, a National Top 50 outfield prospect.

Outfielder Josh Stowers (6'0, 185), who helped Westchester (Ill.) Mount Carmel to the State Championship this spring, is a Top 100 prospect in the Class of 2015 by PerfectGame.org.

"It's been very exciting watching Louisville play on tv after their early exit in the big east tourney," he said. "I had a feeling they'd come on strong and make a long run in the postseason and I've been talking to my dad about going to the College World Series and we might go down to Omaha and watch a game."

Louisville will open it's College World Series play on Saturday night at 8:00 pm against Indiana at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha.


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