April 24, 2013
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - Louisville sophomore right-hander Nick Burdi has been selected for the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team as announced on Wednesday.
A native of Downers Grove, Ill., Burdi leads the 11th-ranked Cardinals' in saves with seven to go with a 0.89 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 16 relief appearances and 20.1 innings pitched this season. Opposing batters are hitting just .178 against the hard-throwing Burdi, who has a 2-2 record overall on the mound.
Training for the team is scheduled for June 21-July 2 in Cary, N.C., at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Team USA will travel to Japan from July 6-11 and is also scheduled to play Cuba from July 18-23 in various cities in the U.S.
Burdi becomes the sixth Louisville players 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).
Overall, Burdi is the 13th player coached or signed by Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell to earn international baseball experience. In 2009, McDonnell served as an assistant coach for the USA National Team, which finished with a 19-5 record overall and won the World Baseball Challenge in Canada.
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About USA Baseball
Since 1978 USA Baseball has been the National Governing Body (NGB) for the sport of baseball. It represents the sport in the United States as a member of the U.S. Olympic Committee (USOC) and internationally as a member federation of the International Baseball Federation (IBAF).
Nearly every major national amateur baseball organization in America is united as a USA Baseball National Member Organization. As a result, USA Baseball governs more than 12 million amateur players in ballparks and playgrounds across the country. As the commissioner's office for amateur baseball, USA Baseball is a resource center for its various membership groups, fans, and players. USA Baseball is also responsible for promoting and developing the game of baseball on the grassroots level, both nationally and internationally.
USA Baseball will select its Collegiate National Team based on its Professional Teams selection model. The player pool will primarily be comprised of non-draft-eligible college players. Under certain and rare circumstances, draft-eligible players and players under control with one of the 30 Major League Baseball clubs may be considered for selection to the team. Trials will no longer be utilized to select the team. Players will be named to the 24-man roster on data from 2012 and/or the 2013 college baseball season. A selection committee will be formed to select players for the trials. The 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team field manager, three coaches and one former athlete from past USA Baseball National Team programs will form the committee (other members may also be added to the committee). The director of the Collegiate National Team program will assist the committee by providing statistical information and selection notifications and will serve as the committee's moderator.
The selection committee will first meet as early as November 2012 and will continue to meet throughout the college baseball season, with a final meeting on or around June 13, 2013. The selection committee will continue to follow the college season through the end of the NCAA Division I College World Series. Because the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will assemble on June 20, 2013, additional players (alternates) will be selected to the team in the absence of players on the 24-man roster who are competing in Omaha for a national championship. Players who have exhausted their age-specific eligibility to the 18U program from the 2011 18U National Team will also be in the candidate pool to replace players competing in the College World Series. June 29 will be the last day to report to the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team.
New in 2013, the USA Baseball Collegiate National Team will adopt a 24-man roster (12 position players, 12 pitchers). The selection committee may stop selection to the 24-man at a non-binding number and thus give more and better opportunities for alternate players to earn a spot on the final roster during the first 10 days of the tour, June 20-29.