Louisville pitcher Nick Burdi an All-American

After helping his team to the College World Series last season, University of Louisville junior pitcher Nick Burdi should get a lot of preseason love this season. It started on Wednesday when Burdi was named a preseason All-American.

One of the hardest throwers in college baseball, University of Louisville junior Nick Burdi pitcher is also one of the best pitchers in the country.

Now, Burdi is getting preseason love to prove it.

The right-handed Burdi was selected as a preseason First-Team All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association.

As a sophomore, Burdi was one of the top relievers in college baseball. He had 16 saves with a 0.76 ERA and 62 strikeouts in 29 appearances or 35.2 innings.

Burdi reached 100 MPH several times last season and was named a first-team All-American by Perfect Game and second-team All-American by the NCBWA.

The 6-foot-4 Burdi allowed opposing batters to hit just .192 and finished with a 3-3 record for the Cardinals, who won a school-record 51 games. The Cardinals made it to the College World Series for the second time in school history.

The Cardinals begin practice on Jan. 24 with the first game of the season slated for Feb. 14-16 in a tournament at Charleston, S.C.

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