NCBWA Names Louisville Baseball's Burdi Preseason First Team All-America
Hard-throwing closer had 16 saves, an ERA of 0.76 and 62 strikeouts in 35.2 innings last season
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville junior righthanded closer Nick Burdi was chosen on Wednesday as a Preseason First Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.
A native of Downers Grove, Ill., Burdi was among the nation's best relievers last season earning 16 saves with a 0.76 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 29 relief appearances and 35.2 innings pitched as the Cardinals won a school record 51 games and advanced to the College World Series for the second time in school history. Among the nation's hardest throwers with a fastball reaching at and beyond 100 mph, Burdi was named First Team All-America by Perfect Game and Second Team All-America by the NCBWA last season.
During a dominant sophomore season, the 6-4 Burdi allowed opposing batters to hit just .192 while issuing only 13 walks. He finished with a 3-3 record overall while also earning First Team All-Big East Conference honors.
Following a break for the Holidays, classes resume on Jan. 6 for the spring semester and the Cardinals will conduct their first official, full-squad practice session for the 2014 season on Jan. 24. Louisville will open the 2014 slate on Feb. 14-16 in Charleston, S.C., at the Homewood Suites Tournament hosted by The Citadel, while the Cardinals' home-opener is set for Feb. 19 at 3 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium against Eastern Kentucky.
About Louisville Baseball in 2014
Led by head coach Dan McDonnell, Louisville returns 19 letterwinners from last year's squad, which won a school record 51 games, the program's fourth regular season conference title in five seasons and hosted NCAA postseason games for the fourth time. The Cardinals capped the season by defeating No. 2 national seed Vanderbilt in the Nashville Super Regional to clinch the program's second College World Series berth and a No. 8 national ranking.
Among the top returnees for Louisville for the 2014 season are senior captains and All-Conference standouts Jeff Gardner and Cole Sturgeon, junior righty pitcher and All-American Nick Burdi, All-Conference shortstop Sutton Whiting, senior catching duo Shane Crain and Kyle Gibson and Freshman All-American pitchers Kyle Funkhouser and Anthony Kidston. A strong group of experienced upperclassmen including the likes of infielders Alex Chittenden, Zach Lucas and Danny Rosenbaum, outfielder Mike White and pitchers Jared Ruxer, Kyle McGrath and Joe Filomeno are joined by a deep and talented set of newcomers setting the stage for an entertaining season on the baseball diamond for the Cardinals.
In his seven seasons at Louisville, McDonnell has won more than 300 games while leading the Cardinals to two College World Series appearances, four regular season conference championships and two conference tournament titles. Overall, Louisville ranks ninth in the nation in wins over the last seven seasons with 309 for an average of more than 44 wins per campaign. The Cardinals have also produced 13 All-Americans, 44 all-conference selections and six conference player/pitcher of the year winners during that span while 26 Louisville players have signed professional contracts after being selected in the Major League Baseball Draft.
Official release from UofL sports information