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Cards Sweep AAC Weekly Awards


Another perfect week on the diamond from the Louisville baseball team has led to a perfect week in the weekly awards department.

Here's the release from U of L:

The eighth-ranked Louisville baseball team swept Monday's American Athletic Conference weekly honors as senior outfielder Jeff Gardner was selected as the league's Player of the Week and sophomore righthander Kyle Funkhouser was chosen as the Pitcher of the Week.

Gardner continued to pace the red-hot Cardinals (37-11, 14-4 American) hitting .421 (8-for-19) with eight RBI, one home run and two doubles in a 4-0 week. A native of Louisville, Gardner had two hits in each of the four games, including a double and a home run with three RBI in the midweek win over Ohio State. In the series sweep at USF, Gardner had five RBI, including four (two in each game) in the doubleheader sweep on Saturday highlighted by his run-scoring, game-winning single in the 11th inning. Overall, Gardner leads the Cardinals in hitting (.343), home runs (five), RBI (52), doubles (17) and slugging (.552).

Funkhouser won his team-leading ninth game of the season in Louisville's 3-1 series-opening victory over USF on Saturday night in Tampa. A native of Oak Forest, Ill., Funkhouser struck out eight while scattering four hits in 7.1 shutout innings to improve to 9-2 on the season. Funkhouser has not allowed an earned run in his last 26.0 innings pitched dating back to the first inning of his win at Houston on April 11. On the season, Funkhouser has a 2.05 ERA and 73 strikeouts in 12 starts and 79.0 innings pitched.

Louisville players have been selected for the conference player and pitcher of the week honors six times overall this season. Last week, sophomore Danny Rosenbaum was chosen as the player of the week, junior Zach Lucas was selected for that honor on March 17 and Feb. 24 and Gardner was tabbed as the player of the week on Feb. 17.