University of Louisville Baseball Coach Dan McDonnell has snagged a good one for the 2009 class, gaining a commitment from Kyle Grieshaber, a shortstop who earned Missouri All-State honors as a designated hitter at Marquette High in St. Louis.

As a junior, Grieshaber hit .500 with nine extra-base hits, nine RBIs, 20 runs scored and nine stolen bases. As a sophomore, Grieshaber batted .464 with 20 doubles, 28 RBIs, 27 runs scored and 10 stolen bases.

McDonnell extended a scholarship offer to Grieshaber after seeing him play during an invitational baseball tournament in Louisville this summer. He returned for an official visit, quickly making his decision to play for the Cards, according to

“I just got hot at the right time in front of the right people,” Grieshaber said. “I had a really good tournament in front of the head coach. It really worked out.”

Grieshaber, who chose the Cardinals over interest from Wichita State, Missouri, Illinois, Baylor and Arkansas, said he liked everything about the Louisville program, including the opportunity to compete for the starting shortstop position as a freshman.

“The fact that in 2007 they were in the College World Series was big for me,” he said. “The coaches were incredible. The head coach was an infielder, so he can help me with that. The hitting coach, their method is they attack baseballs. I like to hit. I like the style of play.”

Good decision, Kyle.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.

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