Louisville junior Drew Ellis chosen as the Player of the Month by the NCBWA

Louisville's Drew Ellis hit .455 with eight home runs and 22 RBI during the month of April

Louisville junior Drew Ellis was chosen as the Player of the Month by the National College Baseball Writers Association on Monday.

Playing at both first and third base this season, Ellis, a product of Jeffersonville, Ind., was one of the nation's hottest hitters during the month of April.  In 19 games during the month he hit .455 at the plate with five doubles, one triple and eight homers, while driving in 22 runs.  His on-base percentage for the month was a staggering .532.

"It's an honor, but it's obviously not the goal to win those," he said.  "The obvious goal is to win the national championship.  I don't think I could accomplish this without the guys in the dugout.  I give a lot of credit to them and I'm thankful that I'm in the position to be on this team.  This brotherhood that we've created is special."

For the season, Ellis is sporting a team-leading .393 batting average, with 45 RBI, 16 doubles, 45 runs and one triple. He's second to Brendan McKay with 13 homers His .732 slugging percentage ranks eighth nationally, with his .490 on-base percentage checking in at No. 18 in the country.

"He's our guy with edge," said McDonnell.  "You've got to have someone in that dugout that's playing with some serious edge.  Edge is attitude, it's confidence, it's competitiveness, it's toughness, and he's had it.  I'm really pleased for Drew.

No. 2 Louisville, winners of 11 straight games, returns to action on Tuesday night when it hosts rival Vanderbilt for the annual 'Battle for the Barrel' at Jim Patterson Stadium.

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