COLLEGE BASEBALL

C.P.'s Noah Burkholder picks Louisville for baseball

2013-10-02T17:45:00Z 2013-10-03T03:18:06Z C.P.'s Noah Burkholder picks Louisville for baseballHillary Smith hillary.smith@nwi.com, (219) 933-3233 nwitimes.com

Noah Burkholder was looking for a baseball program where he could grow.

The Crown Point junior found it a year ago, but waited until he was 100 percent certain before giving Louisville his commitment.

"I was looking for a good baseball program, good academics and the biggest thing was a good pitching coach. Coach (Roger) Williams is one of the best in the country," Burkholder said. "The coaching staff is unbelievable; it's close to home, and those were two of the biggest factors."

Louisville offered Burkholder a scholarship last fall, before he went 6-0 for the Bulldogs as a sophomore, with 34 innings and a 1.34 ERA.

This summer with the Indiana Bulls, his velocity improved. He said he's developed his changeup and cutter, and is throwing more strikes.

"I'm not walking really anybody," said Burkholder, who was selected by USA Baseball for next summer's 18-and-under team. "That's where I've improved the most."

Burkholder narrowed his choices to three: the Cardinals, Vanderbilt and North Carolina. He'll sign his letter of intent in November 2014.

"He works hard in the offseason. He got his name out there, and he got offers from a lot, a lot of people," Crown Point coach Steve Strayer said. "He's had good pitching guys around him with Coach (Matt) McCaleb at Crown Point and now Chuck Alexander, and he's working with Travis (Kerber) at Elite Baseball in Chicago to fine-tune some things. He's changed some things with his mechanics, and now he's got some consistency."

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