Burdi named NCBWA Stopper of the Year

University of Louisville junior Nick Burdi was selected as the nation's top relief pitcher by the National College Baseball Writers Association on Saturday morning in Omaha.

The accolades continue to pour in for University of Louisville relief pitcher Nick Burdi.

Last week the junior was selected as a Louisville Slugger First Team All-American, while being chosen by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association as a First Team All-American on Wednesday.

At a ceremony on Saturday morning, Burdi added the prestigious NCBWA Stopper of the Year to his trophy case.

A second round draft pick by the Minnesota Twins in the Major League Baseball draft, the product of Downers Grove, Ill., has established a new standard during his time in a Cardinals uniform. The 6-foot-4 righty established a new school record with 34 career saves and his 18 this spring is a single season best.

Burdi has been excellent during Louisville's post season run, appearing in all but 5-0 win over Kent State to open regional play. In 3.1 innings of work he picked up four saves, while allowing no runs on two hits and striking out five.

On the season, Burdi has compiled an 0.51 ERA with a 3-1 record to go with his 18 saves. He struck out 62 in only 35.1 innings pitched.

The Cardinals begin play in the 2014 College World Series against rival Vanderbilt on Saturday at 8:00p.m. The game will be televised by ESPN2.

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