Louisville baseball landed a big late commitment on Friday when Indianapolis Roncalli pitcher Michael McAvene committed to the Cardinals

The University of Louisville baseball team landed a huge late pickup in recruiting over the weekend, getting a commitment from Indianapolis Roncalli pitching ace Michael McAvene. He could compete for a spot in the Cardinals' rotation next season.

The University of Louisville baseball team hit a late-inning home run in recruiting over the weekend.

The Cardinals landed a commitment from Indianapolis Roncalli right-handed pitcher Michael McAvene, who picked the Cardinals over Vanderbilt and Virginia after backing off his original commitment to Purdue.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound McAvene is ranked as the No. 6 player in the state of Indiana and No. 323 nationally. He made a visit to Louisville on Sunday of the Super Regionals against UC Santa Barbara.

"The coaches impressed me with how they took the time out of their day and showed me the facilities had me meet with different people associated to the team and a tremendous tour of campus," McAvene said. "Once I was able to do all of this and meet with coach (Dan) McDonnell, I just had a feeling that I didn't need to consider any other school because these coaches and there philosophy about baseball and the classroom were second to none and that is what pushed it over the top for me."

McAvene, who has a fastball that is between 89-93 mph, helped Roncalli to the 4-A state title on Saturday. He allowed five hits and one walk over seven innings and struck out eight. He missed all of last season with an injury to his right elbow, but rebounded with a dominant senior season (8-4, 1.86 ERA and 120 strikeouts in 71 innings).


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