June 19, 2014
Sophomore Kyle Funkhouser earned two more All-America honors this week adding to his record-setting season for the Cardinals.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The national and regional honors for junior pitcher Nick Burdi, sophomore pitcher Kyle Funkhouser and senior outfielder Jeff Gardner continued to roll in this week with the release of the American Baseball Coaches Association All-America and All-Regional teams as well as the Perfect Game All-America team.
Burdi, a righty from Downers Grove, Ill., was tabbed First Team All-America by both the ABCA and Perfect Game and was a First Team All-South Region selection by the ABCA. Funkhouser was named First Team All-America by ABCA, Third Team All-America by Perfect Game and First Team All-South Region by ABCA. Gardner was selected Third Team All-America by ABCA and First Team All-Region by ABCA.
Previously this season, Funkhouser was chosen as a Second Team All-American by the NCBWA, a Louisville Slugger Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper and a Third Team selection by Baseball America. Burdi was named as a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American as well as a National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association First Team All-American, while Gardner was selected as a Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper and a Second Team All-American by NCBWA.
A First Team All-American Conference selection, Burdi was 3-1 with a school record 18 saves, a 0.49 ERA and 65 strikeouts in 32 relief appearances and 37.0 innings pitched this season. The hard-throwing closer is the Cardinals' career saves leader with 34 and has the lowest career ERA in school history at 1.79. Last season, Burdi earned All-American accolades from two additional organizations (Perfect Game, NCBWA).
A year after earning Louisville Slugger Freshman All-America honors, Funkhouser set a single season school record for wins going 13-3 with a 1.94 ERA and 122 strikeouts (third most in school history) in 120.1 innings(second most at Louisville) and 18 starts. A First Team All-American Conference selection, Funkhouser was even more dominant in his eight league starts going 7-1 with a 0.99 ERA and 58 strikeouts.
The 2014 American Conference Player of the Year, Gardner closed the season with a .313 average, nine home runs, 68 RBI, 20 doubles and a .525 slugging percentage in 65 starts. A three-time All-Conference selection, Gardner closed his collegiate career with a .318 average, 23 home runs, 158 RBI and 53 doubles in 179 starts and 218 games played in four seasons with the Cardinals.
In head coach Dan McDonnell's eight seasons leading the Louisville baseball program, 14 different players have earned All-American honors from the various organizations. The trio of All-Americans in 2014 highlighted another record-setting season for the Cardinals (50-17), who returned to the College World Series for the second straight season and won the program's fifth conference championship in six seasons.