U of L baseball: Weekly notebook

Kyle Funkhouser

Cardinal Authority will have a weekly baseball notebook looking at a few items surrounding the University of Louisville baseball program. Here's this week's edition, including a solid international showing by Kyle Funkhouser.

FUNKHOUSER SHINES FOR TEAM USA

University of Louisville junior pitcher Kyle Funkhouser gave the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team another stellar outing Monday.

The right-hander had been solid for the USA team but in a 4-0 win over Chinese Taipei he allowed just three hits in 5.2 innings. He walked one and struck out four in the contest.

Chinese Taipei did not record a hit off of Funkhouser until it got a leadoff single in the fifth. That marked the first hit allowed by the U.S. pitching staff in 16.0 innings of work, dating back to the seventh inning on Friday.

In his previous outing, Funkhouser pitched 5.2 innings and allowed just one run in a tough loss to Japan. He struck out seven in that game.

Expected to be one of the top pitchers in college baseball next season, Funkhouser finished 13-3 with a 1.94 ERA as a sophomore.

KAY HAS A HUGE PRO OPENER

Several former U of L players from this year's team are already in the pro ranks, including former first baseman Grant Kay.

Kay hit for the cycle in his first pro game on Monday with the Hudson Valley Renegades. He had five total hits in a 16-4 win.

Kay just signed with the Tampa Bay Rays organization last week, opting to bypass his final season of eligibility at U of L.

Former outfielder/pitcher Cole Sturgeon started his career at Lowell and hit .276 in seven games. He was moved to Greenville in the Class A league and is hitting .214 in seven games with a .267 on-base percentage.

Joe Filomeno is 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and has allowed just one hit in 1.2 innings for the Rangers team in the Arizona Rookie League, while Jeff Gardner is hitting just .082 in 14 games for Auburn in the NY-Penn League.

Bryan Dobzanski, a U of L signee who turned pro out of high school, allowed a hit and gave up a walk in his first inning for the Cardinals team in the Rookie Gulf Coast League.

Nick Burdi after an outing where he walked four and gave up four runs to begin his career has his ERA down to 12.00. He has now played in four games - three innings - and allowed two hits, five walks and struck out nine.

U OF L FRESHMAN HAVING BIG SUMMER

Blake Tiberi, who was a redshirt last season for the Cardinals, is having a big summer.

The infielder from Covington Holy Cross is leading the Vermont Mountaineers in hitting with .395 in the New England Collegiate Baseball League.

Tiberi is hitting .395 with two home runs, seven RBIs, five doubles and one triple. He also has eight walks and the .395 leads the league.

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