This weekend the No. 8 Louisville Cardinals visited the University of South Florida and swept the Bulls in a three-game series. After covering the highly competattive series, its not really surprising that the Cardinals are still in sweep mode as the American Athletic Conference announced Kyle Funkhouser as Pitcher of the Week and Jeff Gardner as Hitter of the Week.
Funkhouser played a pivotal role in defeating the Bulls in game one of a doubleheader on Saturday striking out eight batters while scattering four hits in 7.1 shutout innings and lowering his ERA to 2.05 on the year. Gardner added two RBI to back up the effort.
Gardner hit .421 (8-for-19) with eight RBI, one home run, and two doubles for the week and now lead the American with 52 RBI, total bases, 95, and slugging .552. For the weekend series at USF Gardner was 6 for 15 with five RBI.
“I’m just trying to play the game and keep it a game, ” said Gardner after his big weekend.
American Conference Honor Roll
Conor Walsh, RHP, Cincinnati
Walsh allowed just five hits and one walk, striking out five in a complete game victory over Army.
Max McDowell, C, UConn
McDowell hit .500 (7-for-14) with, and hit .700 in two conference wins over Memphis.
Casey Grayson, 1B, Houston
Grayson hit. 411 and slugged .647 on the week, with a hit in every game, one home run and seven RBI, leading Houston to a series victory over UCF.
Jon Reed, RHP, Memphis
Reed tossed a complete game against UConn, allowing one run on six hits, surrendering just one earned run
Jon Young, RHP, Rutgers
Young pitched a season-high 6.2 innings in relief against Temple Friday, striking out six and not being charged with an earned run as Rutgers got a walk-off win in the bottom of the 14th.