OMAHA, Neb. – On Saturday, before a national media conference at TD Ameritrade Park, Louisville’s Nick Burdi (Jr, RHP) was announced as the National Collegiate Baseball Writers’ Association’s (NCBWA) Stopper of the Year recipient for the 2014 Division I college baseball season.
In serving as Louisville’s primary closer, Burdi has turned in quite the impressive season. The junior right-hander has worked 35.1 innings across 30 relief appearances, surrendering just four runs (two earned) while striking out 62 batters and surrendering 10 free passes in the process.
In that span he has posted a 3-1 record and a 0.51 ERA, holding opponents to just a .133 BAA and saving 18 games, the sixth-best total in the nation. Four of those saves have come in postseason play, the most recent of which gave him Louisville’s single-season record for saves and sent the Cardinals to the College World Series for the second straight year.
This latest distinction adds to the long list of honors for Burdi, as he was given first-team all-conference honors from the American Athletic Conference and named an NCBWA first-team All-American. A member of the 2014 Louisville Slugger first-team, Burdi was also placed on the Golden Spikes Award 30-man watch list.
On June 5, Burdi was selected by the Minnesota Twins in the second round (46th overall) of the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft and is widely considered to be a quick mover to the major league level due to his polished stuff.
Michael Cederoth (San Diego State), Jacob Lindgren (Mississippi State), Brendan McCurry (Oklahoma State), and Sam Moore (UC Irvine) were the other four finalists for this year’s NCBWA Stopper of the Year award. David Berg of UCLA was last year’s recipient, later going on to lead the Bruins to their first national championship in program history.
Burdi will hope to do just the same in Omaha this time around and is poised to do exactly that, having yet to surrender a single run in 10 consecutive appearances.