LEWIS | Cardinals try to focus on immediate future in NCAA Super Regional
U of L awaits UCSB in this weekend's Super Regional while keeping an eye on the MLB draft
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Some of the Louisville Cardinal baseball players will hear their names called this week in the MLB Draft. You would understand if their focus was on that, but head coach Dan McDonnell is trying to make sure his entire squad is focused more on UC-Santa Barbara (40-18-1) in this weekend’s NCAA Super Regional.
“One of our themes this week is ‘No Mental Clutter.’ We talk about the draft a lot throughout the year. They spend a lot of time meeting with scouts and professional organizations, so they’ve been dealing with this since last summer,” McDonnell said.
Junior outfielder Corey Ray will most likely go early in the Thursday’s first round. One MLB.com columnist even made the case for Ray to become Philadelphia’s pick at number one.
Ray says he knows his life will change Thursday, but he’s not letting that cloud his mind as he prepares for what he hopes is a trip to the College World Series in Omaha before he heads to the next level.
“It’s not really hard because I’ve worked so hard to be in the moment that I am now with my teammates. I owe it to them and I don’t think it’s fair to them or to myself or to my coaches to worry about myself,” said Ray.
The Cardinals (50-12) open NCAA Super Regional Play Saturday at noon against UCSB at Jim Patterson Stadium. U of L is 36-1 at home. Sophomore lefthander Brendan McKay (12-3, 2.12 ERA) is scheduled to start Saturday’s game.
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