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.

Nick Burdi has 24 career saves at UofL.
Nick Burdi named First Team All-American

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.

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By Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.