Louisville blanks FSU; claims ACC title

Freshman Brendan McKay was sensational, allowing no hits in six plus innings, as the Louisville baseball team blanked Florida State 7-0 on Saturday. With the victory, the Cardinals moved to 39-12 and 22-4 in the ACC. U of L has clinched the ACC Atlantic Division and the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament in two weeks.

Brendan McKay didn't act like a freshman.

Less than 24 hours after watching his team get whipped by Florida State, the Louisville lefty no hit the Seminoles for six plus innings. McKay allowed no hits and just four walks in 6.1 innings as the Cardinals decked the Seminoles 7-0 at Jim Patterson Stadium.

The victory gave U of L a chance to celebrate an ACC Atlantic Division title, clinching the title with four ACC leagues games left to play in front of 3,054 fans.

"This is special," McKay said.

McKay struck out six and threw just 108 pitches in running his season record to 8-1. He lowered his ERA to 1.65 on the season.

McKay had plenty of help at the plate for the Cardinals (39-12, 22-4).

catcher Colby Fitch went 3-for-4 with a career-high three RBIs and a run scored while junior first baseman Danny Rosenbaum was 2-for-4 with two RBIs and a home run.

Corey Ray was 2-for-3 with an RBI, while shortstop Devin Hairston also had an RBI.

The Cardinals lost 13-4 on Friday night but pounded out 12 hits on Saturday, while Florida State had just one against McKay and Lincoln Henzman.

The final game of the series will be played on Sunday at 1 o'clock.


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