When head coach Dan McDonnell was hired in June of 2006, one of the first things he did was hire Chris Lemonis as the program's hitting coach and recruiting coordinator.
The two are long friends. They were teammates on The Citadel's 1990 College World Series team. Opportunities have arisen during his time on the Cardinals bench, but he always chose to remain and help build the program that McDonnell visioned.
Last week, an opportunity to good to pass up surfaced when Indiana lost head coach Tracy Smith to Arizona State. On Wednesday it was announced that Lemonis had accepted the Hoosiers vacant spot.
"Chris has proven he is one of the top recruiters and hitting coaches in the country," said McDonnell. "It's well known that both he and Roger Williams have been a huge part of our success at Louisville. Indiana hired not only a great coach, but an even better person and they will love him."
U of L volunteer assistant Kyle Cheesebrough will join Lemonis in Bloomington and will become a full-time assistant.
The Cardinals and Hoosiers have developed a strong rivalry in recent years, with both programs dominating lengthy stretches. After winning 11 of 13 games against the Hoosiers from 2007 to 2012, the Cardinals have dropped six of seven against them in the last two seasons.
Right-handed pitcher Kyle Funkhouser was named to the US National Collegiate Team 24-man roster on Monday morning. Two days later he received the start and had an outstanding performance.
Facing a team from Chinese Taipei, Funkhouser threw 5 scoreless innings, giving up just two hits and striking out eight. Team USA was leading 1-0 when he departed after the fifth inning and went on to win 6-2."Kyle did a tremendous job," Team USA manager Dave Van Horn said. "He gave us five strong, quality innings and worked ahead of pretty much every hitter. He had a chance to really work off his fastball and then he had a plus-breaking ball going, he competed hard and we played pretty good defense behind him. We couldn't have asked for any more out of him."
In two official outings, Funkhouser has 11 strikeouts while allowing only 3 hits in 7.0 shutout innings.
Funkhouser has earned multiple All-American accolades following his breakout sophomore season. He established a new school single-season record for wins going 13-3.
The Cardinals are all now participating on varying teams across multiple summer leagues and they are performing well.
Infielder Blake Tiberi entered the week hitting .354 with five doubles, one triple, 12 runs scored, four RBI, six walks and two stolen bases. He continues to have a hot bat. On Tuesday night he went 2-for-4 with a home run for the Vermont Mountaineers in the New England League.
Infielder Danny Rosenbaum is also off to a hot start at the plate for the Wareham Gatemen in the Cape Cod League. He entered the week hitting over .350 and has remained active this week. Last night he doubled, walked, was hit by a pitch and drove in a pair.
Ranked among the top outfielders in the nation, University of Louisville commit Chris Botsoe missed most of 2014 season after being hit in the eye while at the plate early in the season. The ball was traveling in the upper 80's.
The product of Hinsdale Central High School near Chicago recently returned back to full participation and is playing in games.
"It feels great to be back out there," he said. "I'm excited to be playing and helping my team again."
Botsoe, a member of the 2015 recruiting class, is like most – he's excited about Louisville's move to the ACC becoming official.
"That's one of the main reasons that I decided to commit to Louisville," he told Cardinal Authority. "That is the one of the best, if not the best, college baseball conference in the country, so it gives the chance to play against the best."
As reported on Wednesday, head coach Dan McDonnell received a commitment from one of the top pitching prospects in the state and region in Daviess County (Ky.) High School pitcher Stewart Currie.
Currie, who also plays basketball at Daviess County, went 7-2 with a 0.89 ERA as a sophomore, helping Daviess County earn a spot in the state playoffs. A 3rd Team All-State selection last season, Currie, who also plays basketball at Daviess County, continues to develop on the mound.
"As a two sport athlete, Stewart has a great deal of untapped potential," Daviess County head coach Brandon Dennis. "Most of his success up to this point has been achieved by combining his natural talents and abilities with the work he was able to put in from early March to early June. Two of his biggest strengths are his physical assets and his competitive nature - developed by being a two sport star."