June 11, 2015 Louisville, KY. (Analyzed Sports)
Louisville Cardinals McKay Strikes: Freshman Season Review
Brendan McKay caused havoc on the pitching mound all year. The freshman chose to attend Louisville after being selected in the 34th Round of the 2014 Major League Baseball Draft by the San Diego Padres. The versatile freshman is a lefty pitcher and a first baseman. His freshman year has been one of the greatest in the University’s history. With this productive season Brendan McKay has earned an invitation to compete for a spot on the 2015 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team. McKay has now become the 10th Louisville player to earn an invitation.
Also Brendan McKay received another major accomplishment and was named a First Team Freshman All-American by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. It was the second such honor, McKay was also named a First Team Freshman All-American and national Freshman of the Year by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
Selected as the 2015 ACC Freshman of the Year, McKay over season has a 9-3 record with a 1.77 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 96 innings and 20 appearances on the mound, including 13 straight weekend starts. An All-ACC First Team selection as a pitcher and a Second Team honoree as a versatile player, McKay is hitting .314 with four home runs, 33 RBI, 38 walks and 32 runs scored in 57 starts as a hitter. (Stats GoCards.com)
The freshman sensation has now led The Cardinals one step closer to the championship some feel overdue for the boys in red and black. Once again McKay showed MLB talent behind seven strong innings on the mound and the Cardinals had 16 hits from the offense, No. 3 national seed Louisville avoided elimination and to setup a winner-take-all NCAA Super Regional finale with Sunday’s 9-3 victory in game two at Jim Patterson Stadium.
McKay finished with nine strikeouts and allowed just two runs while scattering eight hits in 7.0+ innings. The win marked the seventh time this season the Collegiate Baseball newspaper Freshman of the Year has struck out eight or more in a single game. Unfortunately for the Cardinals there will not be a dream season and McKay won’t take the mound for a game until the spring. A record-setting season for the Cardinals ended in controversy as the No. 3 national seeded Cardinals suffered a 4-3 loss in 11 innings. They lost to 11th-ranked Cal State Fullerton in Game 3 of the NCAA Super Regional at Jim Patterson Stadium.
A controversial solo home run to begin the 11th inning by David Olmedo-Barrera lifted the Titans (39-23) to their 17th College World Series berth. The ball appeared to be foul but the refs deemed it was not. The result brought a halt to the season for the Cardinals (47-18). The Cardinals set an ACC record for conference wins finishing 25-5 in their first season in the league.
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