On the eve of the opening day of the 2014 NCAA Baseball Championship, Louisville’s Nick Burdi, Kyle Funkhouser and Jeff Gardner were chosen as Louisville Slugger All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Burdi was named to the first team, Funkhouser and Gardner to the second team.
Burdi, a right-handed junior pitcher, is 3-1 with 14 saves, a 0.56 ERA and 57 strikeouts in 26 relief appearances and 32.0 innings pitched this season. He is UofL’s career saves leader with 30 entering this weekend.
Funkhouser set a single season school record for wins going 12-2 with a 1.74 ERA and 100 strikeouts in 99.1 innings and 15 starts. He was even more dominant in eight league starts, going 7-1 with a 0.99 ERA.
Gardner, the AAC Player of the Year, is hitting .340 with nine home runs, 66 RBI, 19 doubles and a .572 slugging percentage in 58 starts. Over his four seasons, Gardner has a .328 career average with 23 home runs, 156 RBI and 52 doubles in 211 games.