Following a prep career that saw him earn All-State and Northern Kentucky Player of the Year Honors at Taylor Mill (Ky.) Holy Cross, Blake Tiberi was looking forward to joining a University of Louisville squad with the goal of making a second consecutive trip to the College World Series.
Those hopes came true, sort of.
Tiberi was on the Cardinals roster as they began their journey to Omaha, but that was it. Due to the depth throughout the infield, the decision was made to redshirt Tiberi, with the goal for him to arrive at fall camp ready to compete.
"It was definitely difficult," Tiberi said following the second day of fall camp. "It was a tough pill to swallow, but all-in-all it was probably the best decision for me."
Instead of helping his team on the field, he supported them from the bench and practice, while also prepping for the future.
This summer he played for the Vermont Mountaineers where he earned Rookie of the Year honor. He hit .372 in 38 games and his 14 game hitting streak was the best in the New England Collegiate Baseball League this summer. He was named a starter in the All-NECBL All-Star game and was named all-league first team.
"He's got a legitimate chance to win a starting job next year," U of L head coach Dan McDonnell told Cardinal Authority.
Tiberi is competing at third base for the Cardinals this fall.
Watch the video below for Cardinal Authority's 1-on-1 with Tiberi.