U of L in the mix for top '14 pitcher

The University of Louisville baseball team's success on the field is translating to recruiting success. The Cardinals already have a handful of commitments for the Class of 2014 and are in the mix for a top left-handed pitcher.

One of the top left-handed pitchers in the state of Pennsylvania, junior Brendan McKay already holds four scholarship offers and has plenty of other looks.

But the 6-foot-1, 200-pound McKay, who pitches for Beaver Falls, Pa., Blackhawk High School, said the University of Louisville is "one of my top looks."

"I visited there in January and I loved it," McKay said. "I loved the facilities and the stadium. I really like turf fields because the bounces are so perfect.

"Louisville started recruiting me last fall and into the winter. They have a great team, great success and they're moving into a great conference."

McKay has offers from U of L, Wake Forest, West Virginia and Kent State and is also heading from Florida State, Virginia Tech, Kentucky and Virginia.

"There are a few others I've been talking too," he said.

McKay finished his junior season with a 6-0 record and 0.15 ERA, allowing only three runs – one earned – and striking out 85 batters in 46 innings.

In his final two starts, McKay set a Blackhawk record 18 strikeouts in a shutout win over Montour and also had a game with 14 strikeouts in a nine-inning no-hitter against West Allegheny.

In three years of varsity action, McKay is 21-1 and has allowed just 13 runs in 184 innings. He also hit .435 from the plate this season.

"When I am on, I have everything working for me," he said. "I just find the zone with strikes and get people out."

McKay said he's not going to rush his decision.

"I am going to be looking for a great academic college and a great baseball college," he said. "And one with a winning success and a good reputation."

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