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Sports

Former Downers South Nick Burdi star to return to area with USA Baseball team

University of Louisville standout playing with Collegiate National Team, which visits Geneva next week

The end of the College World Series hardly signaled the end of Nick Burdi’s baseball season.

During the spring, Burdi, a sophomore for the University of Louisville baseball team, helped the Cardinals to the Big East Conference regular season title by saving 16 games as a relief pitcher.

Soon after Louisville’s season ended, Burdi joined some of the best players from around the country on USA Baseball’s Collegiate National Team, which tours the country and the world playing college-level competition. Local fans have a chance to get a glimpse of Burdi and his electrifying fastball, which has been clocked at 100 mph, when the CNT visits Fifth Third Bank Ballpark in Geneva on Monday and Tuesday.

Burdi saw his first action of the summer in the CNT’s third game. In an 11-3 win over Fayetteville on June 24, Burdi pitched a scoreless ninth inning with two strikeouts to preserve the win.

In his next appearance July 1 against Catawba Valley, Burdi fanned two in a perfect seventh inning as the CNT went on to win, 9-2.

After playing most of its games along the East Coast, the CNT headed to Japan to play in the 39th annual USA vs. Japan Collegiate All-Stars from July 5 to 11. Burdi had yet to pitch in the first two games in Japan.

So far this summer, Burdi has a 0.00 ERA and four strikeouts in the two appearances.

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