Baseball Writers Tab Louisville's Burdi, Thompson All-Americans
Burdi named Second Team All-America while Thompson earns Third Team honors
MORGANTOWN, W.Va. - Louisville righthanded pitchers Nick Burdi and Jeff Thompson were honored as All-Americans on Wednesday afternoon by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
A Second Team All-America selection, Burdi (Downers Grove, Ill./Downers Grove South HS) leads the Cardinals with 16 saves (second highest single season total in school history) to go with a 0.78 ERA and 61 strikeouts in 28 relief appearances and 34.2 innings pitched this season. Opposing batters are hitting just .197 against the hard-throwing Burdi, a First Team All-BIG EAST selection who has a 3-3 record overall on the mound.
The 2013 BIG EAST Conference Pitcher of the Year and a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist, Thompson (Greenville, Ind./Floyd Central HS) is 11-1 on the mound with a 2.00 ERA and 109 strikeouts in 103.1 innings pitched this season. Seven of his 16 starts have been scoreless outings and opposing batters are hitting just .169 against him. For his career, Thompson is 22-6 on the mound with a 2.85 ERA and 225 strikeouts in 221.1 innings pitched.
In head coach Dan McDonnell's seven seasons in Louisville, the Cardinals have now produced 15 different All-American selections.
Up next, the fourth-ranked Cardinals travel to Omaha, Neb., for the 2013 College World Series. Louisville will open against Indiana on Saturday at 7 p.m., CT at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha in a nationally televised matchup on ESPN.