Cardinals’ Burdi Named First Team Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American


Junior closer had 16 saves, an ERA of 0.76 and 62 strikeouts in 35.2 innings in 2013


LOUISVILLE, Ky. – University of Louisville junior righthanded closer Nick Burdi added another preseason honor on Monday as he was selected as a First Team Louisville Slugger Preseason All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.


Last week, Burdi (Downers Grove, Ill.) was chosen as a Preseason First Team All-American by 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 a 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, ranked No. 8 nationally in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper preseason poll released last week, 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.


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