Inside Cardinal Baseball: Weekly notebook

Dan McDonnell

The University of Louisville baseball team is hoping to snap a three-game losing streak this weekend in Jim Patterson Stadium. The Cardinals will host Georgetown in a three-game series beginning on Friday. Cardinal Authority has a notebook of items fro the Cardinals' program.

BURDI MAKES NATIONAL TEAM

Sophomore right-handed pitcher Nick Burdi, who has hit 100 mph several times in games this season, has been selected for the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, which was announced earlier this week.

Burdi, who is a native of Downers Grove, Ill., has seven saves and a 0.89 ERA for the Cardinals this season. He has 41 strikeouts in 20.1 innings – 16 appearances – this season. Opponents are batting just .178 against Burdi.

The training for the team will be held June 21-July 2 in Cary, N.C., while the team will play July 6-11 in Japan and then July 18-23 in various U.S. cities.

Burdi becomes the sixth Louisville players to earn an invitation to the USA Collegiate National Team. Others that participated in the selection process include, Ryan Wright (2010), Justin Marks ('08) and Mark Jurich ('02).

Overall, Burdi is the 13th player coached or signed by Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell to earn international baseball experience.

CARDS LOOK TO BREAK SLUMP

Prior to last weekend's series at St. John's, Louisville hadn't lost two games in a row yet this season. Now, the Cardinals have dropped three straight.

U of L (30-10) lost Saturday and Sunday games at St. John's and then dropped a 10-2 decision to No. 3 Vanderbilt on Tuesday.

"It's very frustrating but I love this group," U of L coach Dan McDonnell said. "This is a talented group and the expectations are still high. We just hope to get a few more guys to click and a few more guys to get on a roll."

McDonnell said the disappointing part about the current slump is that it's not just offense or defense, but all parts of the team have had flaws.

Right now, now we are not playing defense or running bases well," McDonnell said. "It's all about pitching and defense – that's what makes the top 5 teams in the country – they pitch and they defend and if anything that frees up offense to be as good as they are. Right now, we're the opposite.

"We're ineffective on offense and that has carried over to bad defense and bad base running. We just have to readjust. We need to take a step back."

CARDS HOST HOYAS FOR THREE

U of L will try to snap the streak on Friday night at 6 p.m. when it hosts Georgetown (23-15).

The second game of the series is slated for 1 p.m. on Saturday with the final game of the series set for Sunday at 1.

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GARDNER ON A ROLL

Designated hitter Jeff Gardner is not one of the U of L players in a slump at the plate in recent games.

Gardner was named Big East Player of the Week last week and has a hit in 10 of his last 14 at-bats, including two home runs.

He's hitting .377 for the season.

"Jeff has really swung it well the last three weeks or so," McDonnell said. "That's a tough DH role where we rotate guys in and out of.

"We're looking to him a lot more often. He's really locked in."

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