Louisville closer Nick Burdi made three scoreless appearances on the mound last week contributing in each of the Cardinals' three wins. Burdi had 13 strikeouts with no walks and allowed only one hit in six innings of shutout relief in the trio of outings on the mound. The Cardinals' career saves leader with 29, Burdi had a win at Temple on Sunday, a save against the Owls on Friday and two innings of scoreless relief to close Louisville's road win at Vanderbilt last Tuesday. Overall, he has 13 saves this season to go with a 0.59 ERA and 53 strikeouts in 24 relief appearances and 30.2 innings of work in 2014.
Gardner-Webb's Matt Fraudin fired a complete-game, one-hit shutout against one of the nation’s premier offensive teams Thursday night, blanking Colonial Athletic Association leader William & Mary in a 2-0 win for Gardner-Webb. He fanned 11 and walked just one batter in the game. Fraudin retired the first 19 batters he faced in order – including 10 by strikeout – and saw his perfect game bid broken up by a Nick Thompson single with one out in the seventh. Fraudin recovered to get out of that frame unscathed and allowed just one more base runner the rest of the way – via a walk in the eighth inning. He retired the Tribe in order in the ninth, striking out Thompson to end the game. William & Mary entered Thursday’s contests ranked No. 2 nationally in batting (.327 BA) and No. 1 in runs per game (9.0). Fraudin struck out the side in the first and fanned two batters in the third and fifth and sixth innings. It was the sixth time this season that the big righty has lasted at least 8.0 innings and the third time he has gone 9.0 innings or more.