No. 7 Louisville Hosts Rutgers as Conference Play Begins

 



March 20, 2014

Slated to start on Saturday, junior righthander Jared Ruxer leads the Cardinals with a 4-1 record and a 1.82 ERA this season.

GAME DAY INFO: #7 Louisville (15-5, 0-0 American) vs. Rutgers (7-10, 0-0 American)

Date: March 21-23, 2014
Times: 6 p.m. ET | 1 p.m. ET | 1 p.m. ET
Location: Louisville, Ky.
Venue: Jim Patterson Stadium (4,000)
Radio: WNDA 1570 AM
TV: None
Internet: CardsTV (Video) at GoCards.com
Live Stats: Gametracker at GoCards.com
Twitter Updates: @UofLBaseball

Friday, 6 p.m. ET (vs. Rutgers) CardsTV: Watch Gametracker
Saturday, 1 p.m. ET (vs. Rutgers) CardsTV: Watch Gametracker
Sunday, 1 p.m. ET (vs. Rutgers) CardsTV: Watch Gametracker

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The seventh-ranked Louisville baseball team will begin American Athletic Conference action on Friday at 6 p.m., ET at Jim Patterson Stadium with the first of a three-game weekend series against Rutgers.

The series will continue on Saturday at 1 p.m., and will conclude on Sunday at 1 p.m. Admission is free throughout the weekend. Live play-by-play of the series can be heard on News/Talk 1570 AM while live video will be available to subscribers of CardsTV at GoCards.com. Live scoring will be available through the Gametracker feature at GoCards.com.

GAME DAY PROMOTIONS
Friday
Budweiser Buck Night: Come thirsty and leave happy on Budweiser Buck Nights! Every Friday, fans can purchase draft beer and small Pepsi products for just $1 each throughout the ballpark courtesy of Budweiser. Get the weekend series started off right with this fan-favorite dollar deal!

Saturday
BBQ on the Berm: With perfect views of the action and close access to the Sun Tan City Patio and playground, who would ever leave the outfield berm? Now you can enjoy $3 hamburgers and $2 beer specials every Saturday afternoon with BBQ on the Berm.

Coach Mac's Floppy Hat Giveaway: Coach McDonnell's signature hat will be given out to the first 100 fans through the gates, saluting Coach Mac's 300-plus wins as Louisville head coach.

Sunday
Visionworks Family Fun Day: Join in on all of the fun every Sunday this season! All eight Sunday home games will feature special family entertainment and activities presented by Visionworks including inflatable games. Also, kids can run the bases after the game and select players will sign autographs on the field. Plus dollar hot dogs will be available at the concessions.

Baseball Trading Cards Giveaway: Looking to get your hands on the limited edition 2014 Louisville Baseball trading cards? Well here is your chance! The trading cards feature student-athletes and coaches from the 2014 team and a specially-released Louisville Legends card with famous Cardinals alumni. The trading cards are printed courtesy of Family Allergy & Asthma. Collect all five packs throughout the season with the second set being distributed on Sunday.

PITCHING MATCHUPS
Friday
LOU: So. RHP Kyle Funkhouser (3-1, 3.45 ERA)
RUT: Fr. RHP Kyle Driscoll (1-1, 4.30 ERA)

Saturday
LOU: Jr. RHP Jared Ruxer (4-1, 1.82 ERA)
RUT: Fr. LHP Ryan Fleming (0-0, 6.10 ERA)

Sunday
LOU: Fr. RHP Jake Sparger (2-0, 1.85 ERA) RUT: TBA

ABOUT THE CARDINALS
At 15-5 overall, Louisville saw its seven-game winning streak halted on Wednesday with a 9-3 loss at Indiana. The Cardinals, who returned 19 letterwinners from last year's College World Series squad, are playing at home for the fifth consecutive weekend.

ABOUT THE SCARLET KNIGHTS
Rutgers enters the weekend at 7-10 overall after dropping each of its last two games, including a 6-3 loss at Virginia Tech on Wednesday. The Scarlet Knights were 28-30 last season and finished fifth in the Big East Conference with a 14-10 league mark.

SERIES HISTORY
The Cardinals hold an 18-8 lead in the all-time series with Rutgers, which dates back to a 1973 doubleheader split in Louisville. The Scarlet Knights have won four of the last five against the Cardinals, including three of four last season. After taking two of three in the regular season at Patterson Stadium, Rutgers also eliminated the Cardinals from the Big East Tournament. Louisville is 10-4 all-time at home against Rutgers.

LOUISVILLE NOTES AND TRENDS
- Louisville has 61 extra-base hits through 19 games (3.05 per game) in 2014. Last season, they averaged 2.3 extra-base hits per game (153 in 65 games). - After hitting just 29 home runs in 65 games last season, Louisville has 13 home runs through 20 games this season. In 2013, they did not connect for their 13th home run until the 34th game played, while this season, the 13th came in the 17th game. - The Cardinals have allowed two or fewer earned runs in 13 of 20 games this season, something they did in 36 of 65 games in 2013. - Louisville is 14-0 this season when leading after the eighth inning and has won 69 straight games when entering the ninth with the lead going back to May 2012. - The Cardinals are 12-0 this season when out-hitting their opponents and just 2-4 when being out-hit. - The Cardinals are 9-0 this season against righty starters and 6-5 against lefties. - Junior Jared Ruxer leads the Cardinals in wins (4) and strikeouts (30) this season and is the most experienced pitcher for Louisville in 2014 with 26 career starts, 12 career wins, 97 career strikeouts and 145.1 total innings pitched collegiately. - With his next save, junior righty Nick Burdi will move into a tie for first place on the Cardinals' career saves leaderboard with 19 equaling the total of Neil Holland from 2008-10. - Senior Cole Sturgeon has reached base safely in all 20 games this season and 26 straight overall. - Entering conference play this weekend, the Louisville offense leads the American in hitting (.304), slugging (.443), (.396), runs (163), RBI (143), doubles (40), triples (8), home runs (13), HBP (33) and stolen bases (44).

CARDINALS RANKED IN TOP 20 IN ALL FIVE MAJOR POLLS
After opening 2014 in the same position it ended the 2013 season with a top 10 national ranking, Louisville remains in the top 10 after five weeks of action. Entering week six, the Cardinals are ranked as highly as No. 7 by the NCBWA and they continue to be ranked in all five major polls. Prior to the season, Louisville was tabbed at No. 8 in the Collegiate Baseball newspaper preseason poll, 13th in the USA Today coaches' poll, 14th in the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association preseason poll, 16th in the Perfect Game Top 25 and 20th in the Baseball America Top 25. Louisville has earned preseason top 25 rankings in seven straight seasons under the direction of head coach Dan McDonnell.

GARDNER, STURGEON CONTINUE WHERE THEY LEFT OFF IN 2013
After finishing the 2013 College World Series season as the Cardinals' top two hitters for average, senior outfielders and team captains Jeff Gardner and Cole Sturgeon have continued to pace the way for the Louisville offense in 2014. Gardner leads the team in average (.375), RBI (26), slugging (.639) and on-base (.447) and ranks second in home runs (3) and doubles (6) while starting all 20 games in left field. Sturgeon is tied for the team lead in runs scored (20) and triples (2), ranks second in average (.322) and stolen bases (8) and is third in doubles (5) while starting all 20 games in the outfield in both right and center.

RUXER RETURNS TO DOMINATE FORM EARLY IN JUNIOR SEASON
Following a disappointing sophomore season, junior righthander Jared Ruxer has returned to his freshman form early in 2014 winning four of five starts and registering an ERA of just 1.82. A Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American in 2012 with an 8-3 mark, Ruxer was winless last season while finishing with an ERA above five. However, he's been terrific this season with a 4-1 record and 30 strikeouts (including a career-high 11 against Toledo on March 1) in 29.2 innings and five starts. Overall, he has 26 starts, 12 wins and 145.1 innings pitched in his career.

GIBSON, CRAIN COMBINE FOR STRONG SENIOR CATCHING DUO
Having split time behind the plate in 2014, seniors Kyle Gibson and Shane Crain have provided Louisville with a reliable catching duo during the last three seasons. The tandem has combined to start 144 of the team's 148 games since the start of the 2012 season, including every game in 2013 and 2014. This season, Gibson is hitting .341 with six RBI and five runs in 10 starts, while Crain is hitting .250 with a home run, nine RBI and six runs in 10 starts.

KAY SHOWS EARLY OFFENSE, VERSATILITY ON DEFENSE IN FIRST SEASON
In his first season with the Cardinals after transferring from Iowa Western Community College, junior infielder Grant Kay has shown flashes of terrific offense while proving to be very versatile defensively. In the sixth week of action, Kay is hitting .318 with two home runs, 23 RBI, seven doubles, 20 runs scored and eight stolen bases while batting in the middle of the Louisville lineup. In addition to his work at the plate, he has eight starts at second base, three starts at first base, one start at third base, three starts in right field and five starts as the designated hitter while also seeing playing time in center field.

FRACTURED NOSE SIDELINES WHITING FOR SIX OF THE FIRST 11 GAMES
Junior shortstop Sutton Whiting missed six of the Cardinals' first 11 games this season due to a fractured nose suffered on Feb. 14 against West Virginia when he was hit in the face by a pitch in the ninth inning of Louisville's season-opening win over the Mountaineers. After missing the final two games of the opening weekend in Charleston, S.C., and the Feb. 19 game with Eastern Kentucky, Whiting returned to the field on Feb. 21 when he came off the bench to go 2-for-4 with two runs scored in the series-opening win over Western Michigan. After starting the final two games of the WMU series as well as the midweek win over Eastern Illinois on Feb. 25, Whiting missed all three games on Feb. 28-March 1 after having his nose reset on Feb. 26.

FOURTEEN CARDINALS MAKE LOUISVILLE DEBUT IN FIRST TWO WEEKS
A total of 14 first-year Cardinals have made their debuts during the first two weeks of the season. Most recently, freshmen Ryan Lauria and Mason Richardson saw their first action in the series with Western Michigan. Prior to that, freshmen Zack Burdi and Robert Strader made their Louisville debuts on the mound in the midweek win over Eastern Kentucky on Feb. 19.

During the opening weekend of the season in Charleston, a total of 10 first-year Cardinals saw their first game action. Junior college transfer Grant Kay, redshirt freshman Jordan Striegel and freshmen Jake Sparger and Logan Taylor made their first appearances in the Louisville uniform in the season-opener against WVU, while freshmen Will Smith and Corey Ray played in their first games on Feb. 15 against The Citadel. In the Feb. 16 weekend finale, freshmen Drew Harrington, Colin Lyman, Nick Solak and Ryan Summers all saw action for the first time.

LUCAS NAMED AMERICAN CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK TWICE
Zach Lucas has been selected as the American Conference Player of the Week two times this season earning the honor on March 17 and Feb. 24. During the week of March 11-15, he hit .500 (9-for-18) with two home runs, seven RBI, 10 runs scored, a .944 slugging percentage and a .625 on-base percentage while leading the Cardinals to a 5-0 week. His best game of the week came in Louisville's 20-10 series-opening win over Samford when he connected for a pair of home runs, five RBI and scored four times.

During the week of Feb. 19-23, Lucas connected for a pair of three-run home runs, had eight RBI, hit .313 overall and had a .688 slugging percentage to lead the Cardinals to a 3-1 week.

GARDNER NAMED AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE PLAYER OF THE WEEK
Senior outfielder Jeff Gardner was chosen as the American Athletic Conference Player of the Week on Feb. 17 following his contributions at the season-opening Homewood Suites Tournament. Tabbed as the AAC Preseason Player of the Year by the league's head coaches, Gardner hit .417 (5-for-12) with a home run, two doubles, a triple and six RBI in three starts in left field during the event hosted by The Citadel in Charleston, S.C. Gardner's heroics included a 10th-inning walk-off solo home run in the 7-6 triumph over West Virginia and a three-run triple in the first inning of the 6-1 win over Delaware.

BURDI EARNS NUMEROUS FIRST TEAM PRESEASON ALL-AMERICA HONORS
Following an All-American season in 2013, junior righthander Nick Burdi enters 2014 with similar expectations nationally earning preseason All-America accolades from four different organizations. Burdi was named First Team Preseason All-America by Baseball America, Perfect Game, Collegiate Baseball newspaper and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. In 2013, Burdi was among the nation's best relievers earning 16 saves with a 0.76 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 29 relief appearances and 35.2 innings pitched as the Cardinals won a school record 51 games and advanced to the College World Series for the second time in school history. Among the nation's hardest throwers, he was named First Team All-America by Perfect Game and Second Team All-America by the NCBWA last season.

CARDINALS TABBED AS AMERICAN ATHLETIC CONFERENCE FAVORITE; GARDNER CHOSEN AS PRESEASON PLAYER OF THE YEAR
Following its record-setting 2013 season, the Louisville baseball team will enter 2014 as the unanimous favorite to win the inaugural American Athletic Conference championship while Cardinals' senior outfielder Jeff Gardner was selected as the league's Preseason Player of the Year on Dec. 23.

Louisville, which won its fourth Big East regular season championship in five years and advanced to the College World Series for the second time in school history last season, received all eight possible first-place votes and 64 points overall in the preseason poll of the conference's head coaches announced on Monday by the league. The Cardinals were also tabbed as the preseason favorite in the Big East Conference last season before eventually winning the regular season title and a school record 51 games overall.

Following Louisville in the preseason poll was Houston, UCF and Connecticut in a three-way tie for second place with 47 points each. USF rounded out the top five with 34 points, while the final four spots in the preseason conference rundown were Memphis (30), Rutgers (27), Cincinnati (18) and Temple (8). Gardner headlined a group of six Cardinals, including junior righty pitcher Nick Burdi, sophomore righthanders Kyle Funkhouser and Anthony Kidston, senior outfielder Cole Sturgeon and junior infielder Sutton Whiting, earning preseason All-American Athletic Conference accolades.

CARDINALS' RADIO, WEB STREAMING DETAILS FOR 2014
For the sixth consecutive season, News/Talk 1570 AM (WNDA) will serve as the radio home for Louisville baseball with 47 regular-season games and all post-season games scheduled for broadcast by the Clarksville, Ind., station. With Sean Moth back calling the action, the radio schedule includes all 36 home games, three games each at American Athletic Conference foes Houston and UCF, midweek games at Indiana, Western Kentucky, Kentucky, Purdue and Vanderbilt and all of the Cardinals' American Athletic Conference Championship and NCAA Championship games.

Louisville once again has a strong presence on the internet as subscribers can follow every game of the 2014 baseball season through CardsTV at GoCards.com. Live streaming audio will be available for every regular-season and post-season game, while streaming video will be available for all 36 home games. Fans can also access the CardsTV video and audio streams for every UofL game while on the go at GoCards.com mobile app.

GARDNER, STURGEON, LUCAS AND WHITING CHOSEN AS CAPTAINS
Seniors Jeff Gardner and Cole Sturgeon and juniors Zach Lucas and Sutton Whiting were selected as captains for the 2014 University of Louisville baseball team by the Cardinals' coaches and players. Both Gardner and Sturgeon are three-year members of the Cardinals' baseball program and both are two-time all-conference honorees. The pair closed Louisville's 2013 College World Series season as the team's top two hitters in average and they have combined for more than 260 starts during the last three years.

A First Team All-BIG EAST designated hitter and one of the Cardinals' three captains in 2013, Gardner hit .337 last season while leading the team with nine home runs, 15 doubles and a .632 slugging percentage to go with 43 RBI. Overall, Gardner has 114 career starts and has played in 153 games in three seasons as a Cardinal.

A Third Team All-BIG EAST outfielder in 2013, Sturgeon led the Cardinals in hitting with a .339 average to go along with one home run, 33 RBI, nine doubles, 21 walks, 11 HBPs and 13 stolen bases in 18 attempts. On the mound last season, the lefty had a 2.08 ERA with one save and 16 strikeouts in 14 relief appearances and 13.0 innings pitched. For his three-year career with the Cardinals, Sturgeon has 150 starts while playing in 166 games overall.

A Second Team All-Big East selection in 2013, Whiting hit .308 with one home run, 30 RBI, 41 runs scored and 24 stolen bases in 63 starts and 64 games played as the Cardinals' everyday shortstop. Entering 2014, he is Louisville's leading returner in runs, stolen bases, walks (21) triples, (four) and sacrifice bunts (eight). Last season, Lucas hit .283 with five RBI in 12 starts and 29 games played for the Cardinals. As a freshman in 2012, he made 43 starts hitting .259 with one home run, 28 RBI, 31 runs scored and 14 doubles.

JOSH HAMILTON ENTERTAINS FANS AT LOUISVILLE'S 2014 LEADOFF DINNER
Former American League Most Valuable Player and five-time Major League Baseball All-Star outfielder Josh Hamilton highlighted an entertaining night at the annual Louisville Baseball Leadoff Dinner presented by Republic Bank on Jan. 30 at the Hyatt Regency.

Hamilton, in his second season with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in 2014, shared numerous stories and experiences during an engaging 60-minute interview session in front of a sold out crowd or more than 600. Earlier in the day, Hamilton continued his preseason preparations with a hitting session inside the Shad Mason Hack Shack at Jim Patterson Stadium before watching some of the Cardinals' Friday afternoon scrimmage in the dugout alongside the Louisville players.

The 2014 edition of the Leadoff Dinner also included a message from Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell, who led the Cardinals to their second College World Series appearances in seven seasons in 2013, as well as remarks from U of L senior associate athletic director for development Mark Jurich. The evening began with the introduction of the 2014 Louisville baseball team, while senior outfielder Cole Sturgeon was honored as the 2014 Jimmy Carraro Award recipient.

LEMONIS, WILLIAMS CHOSEN AS ABCA/BASEBALL AMERICA ASSISTANT COACHES OF THE YEAR
Louisville baseball assistant coaches Chris Lemonis and Roger Williams were announced on Nov. 14 as co-recipients of the 2013 American Baseball Coaches Association/Baseball America Assistant Coach of the Year Award.

Given annually to the top assistant coach in NCAA Division I baseball, the 15th edition of the honor marks the first time it has been awarded to multiple coaches. Lemonis and Williams were certainly deserving of the recognition after playing integral roles in helping guide the Cardinals to a record-setting season in 2013.

Both Lemonis and Williams have been assistants with the Cardinals after joining McDonnell's first coaching staff in Louisville prior to the 2007 season. Since their arrival, the Cardinals have emerged as one of the nation's top programs winning more than 300 games (309 wins overall to rank ninth nationally), advancing to six NCAA Regionals, winning four regular season conference championships and making two College World Series appearances. Louisville has also produced 15 All-Americans, 54 All-Conference selections and had 33 players sign professional contracts after being chosen in the Major League Baseball Draft.

LOUISVILLE RETURNS TO OMAHA IN RECORD-SETTING 2013 SEASON
Six years after making its College World Series debut, the Louisville baseball program returned to Omaha in 2013 closing a record-setting season for the Cardinals. Along with the return to the pinnacle of college baseball, UofL won a school record 51 games and clinched its fourth BIG EAST Conference regular season championship in the last five seasons. The Cardinals' march to Omaha started at Jim Patterson Stadium where they swept through the NCAA Regional in Louisville with wins over Bowling Green, Miami (Fla.) and Oklahoma State. From there, Louisville traveled to Nashville, Tenn., for an NCAA Super Regional showdown with No. 2 national seed Vanderbilt. In the latest chapter of a highly competitive rivalry, the Cardinals became the first team in 2013 to take a series from the Commodores winning back-to-back days at Hawkins Field to advance to the CWS.

CARDINALS, RUXER EARN ACADEMIC HONORS AT CWS
The Louisville baseball team was recognized by the NCAA for having the highest cumulative team GPA at the 2013 College World Series as the Cardinals registered an impressive 3.222 GPA overall. Leading the way for UofL was sophomore righthanded pitcher Jared Ruxer, who earned a 4.0 GPA and was honored for having the highest GPA on the team this season.

LOUISVILLE AMONG 23 SCHOOLS WITH AT LEAST THREE SUPER REGIONALS IN THE LAST SEVEN SEASONS
With the NCAA Regional triumph at Jim Patterson Stadium last June, Louisville clinched its third NCAA Super Regional berth in the last seven seasons becoming one of just 23 schools to accomplish the feat. The list of schools with at least three Super Regional appearances in the last seven season includes Florida State with six, Arizona State, Cal State Fullerton, North Carolina and South Carolina with five each, Florida, LSU, North Carolina State, Rice, UCLA and Virginia with four each and Arkansas, Clemson, Louisville, Mississippi State, Oklahoma, Oregon State, Stanford, TCU, Texas, Texas A&M, UC Irvine and Vanderbilt with three each.

LOUISVILLE IN SELECT COMPANY WITH ANOTHER 40-WIN SEASON
With the series-opening win at Connecticut last May, the Cardinals clinched their sixth 40-win season in Dan McDonnell's seven years as head coach. At the end of 2013, Louisville was one of only seven programs in the nation to accomplish the feat of six or more 40-win campaigns in the last seven seasons. Joining the Cardinals on that list are Florida State (7), Rice (7), South Carolina (7), Coastal Carolina (6), North Carolina (6) and TCU (6).

BURDI EARNS ALL-AMERICA HONORS, INVITED TO USA BASEBALL COLLEGIATE NATIONAL TEAM
Righty Nick Burdi capped a terrific 2013 season on the mound by earning All-America honors from Perfect Game (First Team) and the NCBWA (Second Team). Burdi led the Cardinals with 16 saves to go with a 0.76 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 29 relief appearances in 35.2 innings pitched this season. Opposing batters hit just .192 against the hard-throwing Burdi, who had a 3-3 record overall on the mound. He was also selected for the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team becoming the sixth UofL player to earn an invitation to the USA Collegiate National Team. Previous Cardinals to participate in the selection process for Team USA include Ryan Wright (2010), Phil Wunderlich (2009), Tony Zych (2009), Justin Marks (2008) and Mark Jurich (2002).

FUNKHOUSER, KIDSTON NAMED LOUISVILLE SLUGGER FRESHMEN ALL-AMERICANS
Righthanded pitchers Kyle Funkhouser and Anthony Kidston were named Louisville Slugger Freshman All-Americans in 2013 by Collegiate Baseball newspaper. Funkhouser closed the season at 5-1 with a 2.14 ERA in 22 appearances on the mound, including six starts. He had 55 strikeouts in 54.2 innings pitched and opposing batters hit just .214 against him. Earlier in the season, Funkhouser delivered the Cardinals' first complete game shutout since 2009 when he struck out a career best eight and allowed only four hits in a win at Eastern Kentucky on May 7, 2013.

Kidston was 5-0 with a 1.31 ERA in 13 appearances as a pitcher, including six starts. He had 58 strikeouts in 48.0 innings pitched and opposing batters hit just .152 against him. He opened his career by earning wins in each of his first two appearances on the mound, followed by a save in his third outing and three more wins in his first four starts. His best start of the season came on April 14, 2013 when he had seven strikeouts in a career best eight shutout innings to earn the win against visiting Elon.

CARDINALS WIN FOURTH BIG EAST REGULAR SEASON TITLE IN FIVE YEARS
With the most impressive finish to a regular season in school history, Louisville clinched sole possession of the 2013 BIG EAST Conference regular season championship and won its 16th straight game overall with a 7-4 triumph over Pittsburgh on May 18. Matching the school record for regular season wins first set in 2010, the Cardinals improved to 46-10 overall and finished at 20-4 in conference. The 16-game winning streak was the second longest in school history. While winning four BIG EAST regular season titles in five seasons, the Cardinals earned season-ending series sweeps in three of those.

LOUISVILLE SETS NEW SCHOOL SHUTOUT RECORD WITH 10 IN 2013
After surpassing the previous school record for shutouts in a season with their eighth in a 4-0 win at EKU on May 7, 2013, the Cardinals added to that total with back-to-back shutouts in a doubleheader sweep at Connecticut on May 11. It marked the first time in school history Louisville had shut out an opponent in both games of nine-inning doubleheader. The Cardinals' only previous shutout sweeps of doubleheaders came in seven-inning games in 1981 against Cincinnati and in 1958 against Transylvania. The 2007 College World Series team set the previous UofL shutouts record earning seven en route to advancing to Omaha. Overall, Louisville has 34 shutout wins under the direction of coach Dan McDonnell -- 10 in 2013, four in 2012, six in 2011, five in 2010, one each in 2009 and 2008 and seven in 2007. During that span, the Cards have been shutout just 10 times.

BURDI BRINGS HEAT TO JIM PATTERSON STADIUM
Penciled in as the closer entering the 2013 season, righty Nick Burdi was impressive in his first career save situation. With the Cardinals holding a one-run lead over Akron on Feb. 24, Burdi entered from the Patterson Stadium bullpen and promptly delivered 11 straight strikes to earn his first career save. His first three pitches registered at 100 mph on the stadium radar gun making him the first pitcher in the history of the ballpark to reach triple digits.

FUNKHOUSER DELIVERS LOUISVILLE'S FIRST COMPLETE GAME SINCE 2010
After opening his career in impressive fashion allowing no earned runs in his first 21.1 innings, righthander Kyle Funkhouser delivered one of the best starts of the season for the nationally ranked Cardinals on May 7, 2013 striking out a career best eight in a four-hit complete game shutout at Eastern Kentucky. Funkhouser did not issue a walk while scattering 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.

SEVEN CARDINALS TAKEN IN 2013 MAJOR LEAGUE BASEBALL DRAFT
The Louisville baseball program was well represented during the 2013 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft as seven members of the 2013 Cardinals and two high school signees were selected during the three-day event. Junior righty Dace Kime was 79th overall by the Cleveland Indians in the third round of the 40-round draft. He was followed by junior righty Jeff Thompson, who was 94th overall in the third round by the Detroit Tigers, and junior infielder Ty Young, who was 218th overall in the seventh round by Tampa Bay.

Junior outfielder Coco Johnson was taken in the 11th Round (322nd overall) by the Miami Marlins, junior righty Chad Green was selected in the 11th Round (336th overall) by the Detroit Tigers, junior lefty Cody Ege was taken in the 15th Round (460th overall) by the Texas Rangers and junior outfielder Adam Engel was selected in the 19th Round (573rd overall) by the Chicago White Sox. In addition, prep shortstop and Louisville signee Tucker Neuhaus was the highest player with UofL connections selected going 72nd overall in competitive round B of the second round to the Milwaukee Brewers, while another signee, Corey Ray, was taken in the 33rd Round (987th overall) by the Seattle Mariners. All seven Cardinals drafted as well as Neuhas signed professional contracts prior to the July 12 deadline.

Since the hiring of head coach Dan McDonnell prior to the 2007 season, 33 Louisville players have signed professional contracts after being selected in the Major League Baseball Draft, including a school record nine Cardinals in 2010.

MCDONNELL'S ALL-AMERICANS
In Dan McDonnell's first seven seasons as head coach, the Louisville baseball program produced 15 All-Americans, more than three times as many as what the program had prior to McDonnell's arrival. Below is the list of All-America honorees since Dan McDonnell was introduced prior to 2007.

2013
- Nick Burdi (Perfect Game First Team, NCBWA Second Team)
- Jeff Thompson (Louisville Slugger Second Team, Perfect Game Third Team, NCBWA Third Team)

2012
- Justin Amlung (Louisville Slugger Third Team)

2010
- Neil Holland (NCBWA First Team, Baseball America Third Team, Louisville Slugger Third Team)
- Thomas Royse (Louisville Slugger Third Team)
- Ryan Wright (Baseball America Second Team)
- Phil Wunderlich (Baseball America Third Team, Louisville Slugger Third Team)

2009
- Chris Dominguez (Baseball America First Team, Louisville Slugger First Team, Ping! Baseball First Team, ABCA Third Team)
- Justin Marks (Louisville Slugger Second Team, Ping! Baseball Second Team, Baseball America Third Team, ABCA Third Team)
- Phil Wunderlich (NCBWA Second Team)

2008
- Chris Dominguez (NCBWA Third Team, Louisville Slugger Third Team, Baseball America Third Team, PING! Baseball Third Team)
- Justin Marks (PING! Baseball Second Team)
- Justin McClanahan (PING! Baseball Third Team)

2007
- Logan Johnson (Louisville Slugger Third Team)
- Boomer Whiting (Louisville Slugger Third Team, Baseball America Third Team)

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