Burdi wins AAC honor; Cards have huge week

Nick Burdi

A few baseball notes from the University of Louisville baseball team heading into the final week of the regular-season. The Cardinals have four games this weekend at home, including a Tuesday night tilt with Indiana University.

BURDI WINS AAC HONORS

University of Louisville junior reliever Nick Burdi had quite a week for the Cardinals.

Burdi pitched six innings last week for the Cardinals, allowing just one hit and walking none while striking out 13 batters. He had a save and a victory for the Cardinals, who went 3-1.

With the stellar week, Burdi was named American Athletic Conference Pitcher of the Week. He had three scoreless outings.

The Cardinals' career saves leader with 29, Burdi had a win at Temple on Sunday, a save over the Owls on Friday and two innings of scoreless relief to close Louisville's road win at No. 10 Vanderbilt last Tuesday.

As a junior, Burdi has 13 saves this season to go with a 0.59 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 24 relief appearances and 30.2 innings.

Burdi said his "velocity has been up" in recent outings and was clocked at 102 MPH on Sunday. He said his "arm really feels good this time of the year" and is pitching his "best."

With the MLB Draft in three weeks, Burdi said he's "not really thinking" about where he will go. He's projected as a high first-round pick.

BIG WEEK ON TAP FOR CARDS

It's a huge week for the U of L baseball team with four games in the next five days.

And all four are at Jim Patterson Stadium.

The Cardinals will play host to No. 8 Indiana on Tuesday night at 6 o'clock. Admission is $12 and $10 for chairback seats and $8 for general admission. Go to GoCards.com or to the Jim Patterson ticket office for tickets.

It's the only game other than the UK game that U of L charges for admission in baseball.

U of L and Central Florida are tied for the AAC lead and the Cardinals will host Cincinnati Thursday (6 p.m.), Friday (6 p.m.) and Saturday (1 p.m.) in the final series of the season.

Both teams are at 16-5 in league play, while Cincinnati is 6-15. Central Florida will play three games at UConn, which is 7-13.

ANOTHER 40-WIN SEASON

A win on Sunday at Temple gave Louisville another 40-win season.

The Cardinals now have 40 wins in seven of the eight seasons under Dan McDonnell.

U of L is one of just four teams nationally with 40 or more wins this season.

AAC AWARDS DOMINATION

Louisville players have been selected for the conference player and pitcher of the week honors seven times overall this season.

Burdi marks the third week in a row a U of L player has won at least one honor.

Jeff Gardner was the player of the week, while sophomore Kyle Funkhouser was the pitcher of the week last week. Two weeks ago, sophomore Danny Rosenbaum was chosen as the player of the week, while junior Zach Lucas was selected for that honor on March 17 and Feb. 24. On Feb. 17, Gardner was tabbed as the player of the week.

MCGRATH COMING BACK?

U of L coach Dan McDonnell said reliever Kyle McGrath could be back sometime this week.

McDonnell said Jared Ruxer left Saturday's game with tightness in his forearm and will be evaluated, while Joe Filomeno broke his thumb - non-throwing hand - when he was hit by a foul ball in the dugout on Saturday.

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