2013: Named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America after going 5-1 with a 2.14 ERA. Had 55 strikeouts in 54.2 innings pitched and 22 total appearances on the mound, including six starts. Struck out three in two innings of perfect relief in Cardinals' win over Pittsburgh on May 17. Won second straight start striking out five while allowing two earned runs on four hits in 5.0+ innings at Ohio State on May 14. Struck out a career-best eight in a four-hit complete game shutout win at Eastern Kentucky on May 7. Did not issue a walk while scattering just four singles to deliver the first complete game shutout for a Louisville player since Dean Kiekhefer's five-hit, 7-0 win over Villanova on April 2, 2010. Struck out three in 1.1 innings of shutout relief to earn first career save on April 30 in Cardinals' win over WKU. Had two strikeouts in 1.1 innings of shutout relief against No. 3 Vanderbilt on April 23. Came out of the bullpen for 1.1 innings of shutout relief with three strikeouts at WKU on April 9. Making third start of the season, finished with no-decision after allowing two runs on one hit in 2.0+ innings against No. 6 Kentucky. Suffered first career loss and allowed first earned runs after No. 19 Indiana plated four earned and five total on six hits in 4.2 innings on March 27. Went career long 5.2 innings allowing only three unearned runs with career best four strikeouts in first career start to earn the victory in Cards' 6-3 triumph over USC on March 20. Earned first career win with 2.1 innings of shutout relief as Cardinals completed sweep of Xavier on March 16. Extended career-opening scoreless streak to 10.0 innings with 0.2 innings of shutout relief against Purdue on March 13. Struck out two without allowing a hit in 2.1 innings of shutout relief against Alabama on March 10. Provided third straight shutout relief appearance allowing two hits with three strikeouts in two innings against Morehead State on Feb. 26. Came out of the bullpen for two innings of shutout relief with three strikeouts in Cards' series-opening victory over Akron on Feb. 22. Pitched three scoreless innings with three strikeouts and only two hits allowed in collegiate debut against USF.
2012: Hit .299 with two home runs, 34 RBI, 35 runs scored, nine doubles and two triples in 58 appearances and 47 starts. Was 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI in April 27 win over UConn. Had a double, two RBI and a run scored in April 24 win over No. 1 Kentucky. Was 2-for-4 with an RBI triple and two runs scored in April 21 win at USF. Had leadoff single to begin Cards' two-run ninth inning rally in comeback win at USF on April 20. Went 4-for-4 with his second home run of the season, two doubles, three RBI and three runs scored in April 14 win over Seton Hall. Was 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored at Georgetown on April 7. Went 2-for-3 with an RBI and a run scored in April 1 win over Villanova. Was 2-for-4 with his first home run of the season and two RBI in series-opening win over Cincinnati on March 23. Finished with career-best four hits and career-high four RBI while scoring three times in March 20 win over Ohio State. Had a hit and at least one RBI in each of the Cards' three wins over Ball State. Went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs in March 6 win over Indiana. Was 2-for-3 with a run scored in series-clinching win over Pepperdine. Finished with two hits and two RBI in opener with the Waves. Had career-long 10-game hitting streak halted on Feb. 26. Went 2-for-4 with an RBI and two runs in Feb. 25 win over Oakland. Was 2-for-4 in win over EKU to extend hitting streak to eight games dating back to the 2011 BIG EAST Championship. Had a hit in each of the Cardinals' three games at the Big Ten/BIG EAST Challenge. Had a key two-run triple in U of L's 7-6 win over Michigan State.
2011: Hit .333 with three home runs, 13 RBI and nine doubles while making 22 starts and playing in 35 games. Earned All-BIG EAST Tournament honors after hitting .333 with a home run, five RBI and five runs scored in five games. Hit .360 with three home runs, nine RBI and six doubles in 16 games and 12 starts in the month of May. Hit .667 with a home run, five doubles and five RBI in Notre Dame series. Best game of the series came in the 14-2 series-opening win, when he was 3-for-4 with his second home run, three RBI and three runs scored. Hit first career home run against No. 1 Vanderbilt on May 10. Had his four-game hitting streak halted on April 9 at Cincinnati after going 0-for-2. Was 2-for-3 with two runs scored in April 8 win at Cincinnati. Extended his career-best hitting streak to three games with a 2-for-4 performance and one run scored at WKU on April 5. Had breakout weekend against West Virginia going 6-for-8 with three runs and two RBI in Cards' two wins over Mountaineers. Was 3-for-4 as the DH in series finale and was 3-for-3 as catcher on April 2. Made first career start as DH in Cardinals' win over WKU on March 29. Earned first career RBI with an RBI sacrifice fly at Rutgers on March 25. Also made first appearance behind the plate catching the ninth inning in the March 25 win. Made first career appearance for the Cardinals as a pinch hitter on March 13 at Pepperdine.
High School: Gardner earned All-State Honorable Mention as a senior and was a two-time All-Region and All-District selection during his career at Whitefield Academy, where he was coached by Brian Runyan. As a senior, he was also named an East/West All-Star after hitting eight home runs for Whitefield, which finished third at the All "A" State Tournament. He finished with six home runs as a junior and hit five homers as a sophomore at Whitefield, where he earned six letters overall after starting his prep career in seventh grade.
Personal: Born Jeffrey William Gardner, Jr., on Jan. 21, 1992, in Louisville, Ky. Son of Jeff and JoAnn Gardner. Has two older sisters, Stephanie and Jamie. Majoring in justice administration at the University of Louisville. After college, he plans to play professional baseball, start a family and do what the Lord wants for him to do. Person with the greatest influence on his athletic career is Mike Doig, who helped teach him to push himself and strive for excellence. Biggest thrill in sports was hitting a three-run home run to give his team the lead and eventually the win in a state semi-final game. Hobbies and outside interests include movies, hunting, fishing, and hanging out. Favorite movies are The Natural, Remember the Titans and Field of Dreams. Enjoys watching The Office. Favorite athletes are Tim Tebow, Albert Pujols and Ted Williams. Favorite cereal is Honey Nut Cheerios. Favorite candy bar is Snickers. Favorite foods are Mexican and Japanese. Enjoys eating at the Santa Fe Mexican Grill. Favorite teams are the St. Louis Cardinals and the Louisville Cardinals. Enjoys listening to rock, rap, country and anything that sounds good. Favorite quote is "A life is not important except in the impact it has on other lives" by Jackie Robinson. If he could eat dinner with three people he would choose Tim Tebow, Jesus and Ted Williams. Something not many people know about Jeff is he won the Math Olympics twice.