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UofL closer Nick Burdi invited to play for U. S. Collegiate National Team during summer

A second Kentucky college baseball player has been invited to play for Team USA this summer.


Louisville sophomore right-handed reliever Nick Burdi has been selected for the 2013 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, the school announced Wednesday.


Nick Burdi. (Photo from UofL Sports Information)

On Tuesday, UK outfielder Austin Cousino, who played for team USA during the summer of 2012, was named to the team.


A native of Downers Grove, Ill., Burdi leads the 11th-ranked Cardinals’ in saves with seven to go with a 0.89 ERA and 41 strikeouts in 16 relief appearances and 20.1 innings pitched this season. Opposing batters are hitting just .178 against the hard-throwing Burdi, who has a 2-2 record overall on the mound.


Training for the team is scheduled for June 21-July 2 in Cary, N.C., at the USA Baseball National Training Complex. Team USA will travel to Japan from July 6-11 and is also scheduled to play Cuba from July 18-23 in various cities in the U.S.


Burdi becomes the sixth Louisville player to earn an invitation to the USA Collegiate National Team. Previous Cardinals to participate in the selection process for Team USA include Ryan Wright (2010), Phil Wunderlich (2009), Tony Zych (2009), Justin Marks (2008) and Mark Jurich (2002).


Overall, Burdi is the 13th player coached or signed by Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell to earn international baseball experience. In 2009, McDonnell served as an assistant coach for the USA National Team, which finished with a 19-5 record overall and won the World Baseball Challenge in Canada.


From UofL Sports Information Department

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