Louisville Friday Night starter and ace right-hander Kyle Funkhouser announced today prior to the MLB 5:00 deadline that he would return to college for his senior season, delaying his professional career a year.  Funk was drafted in the 1st round of June’s Major League Baseball Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the #35 overall selection.

The announcement by Funkhouser was the 2nd surprise news for Louisville baseball this month, with the 1st being Josh Rogers electing to leave college after the New York Yankees significantly raised their offer.  With Kyle Funkhouser returning, the Cards bring back their #1 and #2 starters from last year’s ACC record-breaking season with Brendan McKay, universally college baseball’s freshman of the year.

Funkhouser was 8-5 with a 3.20 ERA and 104 strikeouts in 112.1 IP during 2015.   Kyle’s return is a big lift for Dan McDonnell’s club who already had national championship aspirations heading into 2016.  We’ll keep an eye out to see just where Louisville is projected for the 2016 season, but this is certainly an Omaha level piece of the puzzle.

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