OMAHA (USBWA) – Louisville's Nick Burdi is the 2014 recipient
of the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association's Stopper
of the Year as announced by the organization in a national media
conference, on Saturday, June 14, at TD Ameritrade Park.
Burdi has put together a tremendous junior season, in which he
posted a 3-1 record with 18 saves and an 0.51 ERA. He became Louisville's
single-season saves leader, after recording the final three outs
in a win over Kennesaw State that sent the Cardinals to the NCAA
College World Series for the second year in a row. Burdi picked
up saves in four of Louisville's five wins during Regional and
Super Regional action and enters the CWS ranked No. 6 nationally
The Downers Grove, Ill., native was named an NCBWA All-American
first-team selection and also earned a spot on the Louisville Slugger
first team in 2014. He also garnered first team all-conference honors
from the American Athletic Conference and was on the 30-man watch
list for the 2014 Golden Spikes Award. Burdi recently was selected
with the No. 46 overall pick in the second round by the Minnesota
Twins in the 2014 MLB First-Year Player Draft.
In 30 appearances this year, Burdi has registered 35.1 innings
of work, allowing just four runs, two earned, while opponents are
hitting just .133 against the Cardinals' right-hander. Burdi has
posted 62 strikeouts to just 10 walks and has allowed just one extra
base hit all season. He enters the College World Series, having
not allowed a run in 10 straight relief appearances – a span of
11.1 consecutive scoreless innings.
Burdi and the Cardinals will face Vanderbilt in the first round
of the NCAA College World Series on Saturday, June 14, at 8 p.m.
ET. Louisville heads to Omaha with a 50-15 record after claiming
the American Athletic Conference regular-season title with a mark
Finalists for the 2014 Stopper of the Year award included Michael
Cederoth of San Diego State, Jacob Lindgren of Mississippi State,
Brendan McCurry of Oklahoma State and Sam Moore of UC Irvine.
The five finalists were selected from the NCBWA's 50-player midseason
watch list which was released back in April.
Texas hurler J. Brent Cox won the inaugural Stopper of the Year
Award in 2005, with Don Czyz of Kansas claiming the honor in 2006
and Luke Prihoda of Sam Houston State winning it in 2007. Georgia’s
Joshua Fields topped the field in 2008, San Diego State’s Addison
Reed grabbed the honor in 2009 and Texas’ Chance Ruffin took the
honor in 2010. Corey Knebel of Texas won in 2011, with Southeastern
Louisiana's Stefan Lopez picking up the honor in 2012. UCLA's David
Berg was the recipient of the award in 2013.
The NCBWA, founded in 1962, presents the Dick Howser Trophy to
the nation's top player. It also selects All-America teams for all
Divisions, a Division I Freshman All-American team, Division I,
II and III Players of the Week, Division I, II and III Players of
the Year and Division I National Coach of the Year.
2014 NCBWA Stopper of the Year key dates:
• Tues., Feb. 11: Preseason Watch List
• Wed., April 23: Midseason Watch List
• Thu., June 5: Stopper of the Year finalists announced
• Sat., June 14: Stopper of the Year winner announced