June 23, 2014
Jeff Gardner closed his tremendous collegiate career with a .318 average, 23 home runs and 158 RBI in 218 games for the Cardinals.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville senior outfielder Jeff Gardner was named as a Senior CLASS Award First Team All-American adding another during his outstanding collegiate career with the Cardinals.
A native of Louisville, Gardner was one of 10 finalists for the prestigious Senior Class Award, won by UC Irvine pitcher Andrew Morales. An acronym for Celebrating Loyalty and Achievement for Staying in School®, the Senior CLASS Award focuses on the total student-athlete and encourages students to use their platform in athletics to make a positive impact as leaders in their communities. The award program is designed exclusively for college seniors who are utilizing their complete athletic eligibility, remaining committed to their university and pursuing the many rewards a senior season can bring.
Previously this season, Gardner was chosen as a Second Team All-American by Collegiate Baseball newspaper, a Second Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association and Third Team All-American by the American Baseball Coaches Association. Earlier this month, Gardner was selected in the eighth round (244th overall) of the 2014 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft by the Washington Nationals.
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 completed his brilliant 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.
Gardner's All-America honors were among the numerous highlights in 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 in 2014.
Senior CLASS Award First-Team All-Americans
- Kevin Courtney, Stony Brook
- Dustin DeMuth, Indiana
- Jeff Gardner, Louisville
- Matt Hicks, Louisiana
- Andrew Morales, UC Irvine
Senior CLASS Award Second-Team All-Americans
- Tim Colwell, North Dakota State
- Clinton Freeman, East Tennessee State
- Mark Payton, Texas
- AJ Salcines, Miami (Fla.)
- Ryan Thompson, Campbell