April 10, 2014
DURHAM, N.C. - Louisville senior outfielder Jeff Gardner and junior righthanded pitcher Nick Burdi were among the 50 players named to the Golden Spikes Award midseason watch list released on Thursday afternoon.
Since 1978, USA Baseball has honored the top amateur baseball player in the country with the Golden Spikes Award. The watch list will continue to be a "rolling" list until May 27 -- when the semifinalists for the award are announced -- ensuring that athletes can play themselves into consideration for the award. The Golden Spikes Award trophy will be awarded live in Los Angeles on July 17.
A two-year team captain, Gardner (Louisville, Ky.) leads the 10th-ranked Cardinals (24-8) in hitting (.384), RBI (39), doubles (12) and slugging percentage (.607) to go along with three home runs while starting 30 games overall. A two-time all-conference selection and the Preseason American Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Gardner has 15 multiple hit games and 13 multiple RBI games this season.
A First Team Perfect Game All-American last season, Burdi (Downers Grove, Ill.) has five saves and a 2-0 record on the mound while striking out 28 in 15.0 innings of shutout relief. Dating back to last season, Burdi has run his career-best scoreless streak to 20.0 innings and opposing batters are hitting only .132 against him this season.
Louisville is one of nine schools with two players on the midseason watch list joining Cal State Fullerton, Florida State, Indiana, Kentucky, LSU, Oregon State, Pepperdine and Virginia.
USA Baseball officials will announce the 30-man watch list for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award on Thursday, May 8. USA Baseball will then release the semifinalists on Tuesday, May 27. The list of athletes will then be sent to a voting body consisting of Golden Spikes Award winners, past USA Baseball National Team coaches and press officers, members of media that closely follow the amateur game, select professional baseball personnel, and current USA Baseball staff, representing a group of more than 200 voters in total.
Fan voting will once again be a part of the Golden Spikes Award in 2014. Tuesday, May 27, marks the day when amateur baseball fans from across the country will be able to vote for their favorite semifinalist on GoldenSpikesAward.com. As part of this selection process all voters will be asked to choose three players from the list of names.