Mike Ferri verbally commits to Wisconsin-Milwaukee

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Notre Dame senior Mike Ferri verbally committed to play baseball for Wisconsin-Milwaukee on Wednesday.

Part of UW-Milwaukee coach Scott Doffek’s recruiting pitch to the Norridge resident centered on how the Panthers’ roster is full of grinders, Ferri said.

Ferri said he felt like he would fit right in with players who work hard and try to get everything out of their talent, yet there were several other reasons why he chose to become a member of the Panthers.

“Coach Doffek invited me down there to visit and I just liked everything that he stood for,” Ferri said. “And then their campus. I just felt like their campus would be a good fit for me. And I like that they have a good business school because that’s what I want to go into.”

He added: “Milwaukee was the one D-I school [to offer], and that’s always been my dream.”

UW-Milwaukee recruited Ferri as a middle infielder, which is where he’s shined often during his career with the Dons. Ferri hit .288 as a junior, with a .404 OBP and seven doubles. He was hit by 10 pitches in 37 games last year, and regularly made exceptional defensive plays.

Ferri’s decision gives Notre Dame four Division I commits, including senior pitcher Adnan Sator (Kansas), senior shortstop Thomas Norton (Illinois-Chicago) and junior Sam Ferri (Notre Dame). Sam Ferri, an elite catching prospect, is Mike Ferri’s younger brother.

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