Luensmann Commits to SC


The summer of 2019 will go down in the history books for B-A Senior Baseball star Travis Luensmann, as he announced his commitment to the University of South Carolina.

“I chose South Carolina because it basically had everything for me.  Their coaching staff, who were all there for my visit, have a very successful track record behind them.  Their facilities are top of the line, using the latest technology with their players to improve and maintain a high level of play.” Said Travis.

Travis had many different options when it comes to colleges, but he believes South Carolina was by far the best option. 

“Adding the majors, and academic potential rates, compared with other prestigious colleges in the country, overall SC felt like home for me and a place where I can succeed not only at the next level, but life after college.” Said Travis.

South Carolina finished the 2019 season with a record of 28-28, which is seemingly a down year the gamecocks.  

Despite an underwhelming record in 2019, SC has been a consistent SEC powerhouse, losing in the NCAA super regionals in 2018, and finishing with records of 35-25 in 2017, and 46-18 in 2016.

“The SEC holds some of the best brand, and talent in college baseball.” Said Travis.

Along with committing to SC, Travis also played for various travel teams, competed in multiple showcases, and fielded phone calls from college, and even pro scouts.

“My summer 2019 was crazy to say the least.  I played up and down the east coast, and even got a chance to play in California.  I was constantly sending out emails to college coaches that I wanted to come see me play.  After games, I was on the phone with roughly 7-10 college coaches who wanted to get me on their campus.  What was the most crazy is that I was even on the phone with a few pro scouts who wanted to get to know me mostly, and to keep me on their radar.” Said Travis.

Yes, to say Travis had an eventful summer would be an understatement, but his favorite part of it all was getting to play the game he loves with some other great players, and top prospects.

“My last two events of the summer, East Coast Pro, and the area code games, were showcases where I was able to play with the best players in the nation, and learning so much, they are experiences I will never forget.” Said Travis. 

Travis had an insane junior campaign last year as he finished the season with an 8-1 record, while posting a 1.14 ERA.  Most people would be satisfied with that, but Travis believes he is not done improving, and still has to put in the hard work.

“I’ve got to definitely keep working, there’s always room for improvement.  I’m going to stay focused on me, and do everything I can to be a better all around player for the team in my final year.” Said Travis.

When Travis steps on campus for his first season as a gamecock, he will join his older brother Chad, who will be heading into his last season of baseball for the Nebraska Cornhuskers, on a short, and prestigious list of Bellwood-Antis athletes to continue their career at the Division 1 level.

“Joining him on the division 1 level is pretty satisfying. I’ve always been looked upon by others to be just like him and to achieve all that he has, and more.  It is amazing to be able to play baseball at the next level, and it’s a lot of hard work that is paying off.” Said Travis.

Travis will be looking to lead the Bellwood-Antis Blue Devils to their 3rd District title in the last 4 years, and he wants to continue the success of the baseball team in his senior season.