Louisville's Burdi Named First Team Preseason All-America by Baseball America
Junior righthander had 16 saves with an ERA of 0.76 and 62 strikeouts in 35.2 innings pitched in 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville junior righty Nick Burdi was named First Team Preseason All-America by Baseball America on Monday, the fourth such preseason honor for the Cardinals' hard-throwing closer.
A native of Downers Grove, Ill., Burdi has also been tabbed as a First Team Preseason All-American by Perfect Game, Collegiate Baseball newspaper and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. In 2013, Burdi was among the nation's best relievers 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, he was named First Team All-America by Perfect Game and Second Team All-America by the NCBWA last season.
During his dominant sophomore season, 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.
Louisville will open its season at the Homewood Suites Tournament hosted by The Citadel on Feb. 14-16 in Charleston, S.C. The Cardinals will kick off the 2014 campaign against West Virginia on Feb. 14 at noon ET at Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park. Louisville will begin its 36-game home slate on Feb. 19 at 3 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium against Eastern Kentucky.
Official release from UofL sports information