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JUCO RHP Eli Hoyt commits to play baseball at Louisville

By meerna Jul10,2024
JUCO RHP Eli Hoyt commits to play baseball at Louisville

LOUISVILLE, Ky. – The Louisville baseball program has acquired another player from the transfer portal, this time from an area where he is in need of a transfer.

Eli Hoyt, a right-handed JUCO pitcher at Madison College, announced Wednesday morning that he has signed with the Cardinals.

After undergoing Tommy John surgery just two games into his sophomore season in Madison, the 6-foot-1, 195-pound right-hander was able to pitch in the second half of last season. In eight games and six starts, Hoyt posted a 3.52 ERA in 23.0 innings while striking out 26/12 with walks. He helped the WolfPack finish fifth in the NJCAA Division II World Series.

Hoyt has carried his late-season momentum over to the Northwoods League following the conclusion of the 2024 season. In 13.0 innings in eight appearances as a reliever for the Madison Mallards, he has allowed just one hit and zero earned runs while tossing 25 strikeouts and issuing just six walks.

The Waukesha, Wisc. native burst onto the JUCO scene as a true freshman in 2022. In 10 appearances with seven starts, he finished with just a 1.40 ERA in 45.0 innings, throwing 53 strikeouts with just 23 walks in the process. He was a key factor in Madison’s second-place finish in the NJCAA Division II World Series.

Louisville is entering a crucial offseason for the direction of the program. The Cardinals finished the season with a 32-24 overall record and 16-14 in the ACC, missing the NCAA Tournament for the third time in four years.

The Cardinals have seen over a dozen players enter the portal so far and are graduating multiple impact players, but they have hit the portal hard so far this offseason. Hoyt is now Louisville’s ninth portal acquisition, with more likely to come.

(Eli Hoyt photo via Madison College Athletics)

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