Louisville baseball racks up ACC honors

The University of Louisville baseball team turned in a historic season in the ACC and now the Cardinals have racked up the awards to prove their success. Louisville had five first-team All-ACC performers, while Brendan McKay was named Freshman of the Year in the league and Dan McDonnell was honored as the Coach of the Year.

The University of Louisville baseball team dominated the postseason awards in its first season of playing in the ACC Conference.

The Cardinals finished with the best record ever in a single season with a 25-5 mark and the coaches' awarded U of L with a number of honors.

Louisville coach Dan McDonnell was named Coach of the Year, while freshman Brendan McKay was honored as the Freshman of the Year.

McDonnell guided the Cardinals to a fourth straight conference title, including the past three in three different conferences. He won his 400th game in nine seasons at the helm of the Cardinals' program last weekend.

McKay, who is one of the leading candidates for the John Olerud Award, given annually to the nation’s top two-way player, made the first-team All-ACC as a pitcher was was named second team as a utility player. He plays first base for the Cardinals when not pitching.

The freshman from Darlington, Pa., owns an 8-2 record and 1.64 ERA and leads ACC pitchers in strikeouts with an even 100. Before moving into the Cardinals’ regular weekend rotation, McKay had four saves. He's also hitting .318 with 29 RBIs.

McKay was joined on the first-team All-ACC team by starting pitcher Kyle Funkhouser, reliever Zach Burdi, right fielder Corey Ray and shortstop Sutton Whiting.

Whiting is second on the team with a .322 average and has started 178 games for his career, while Funkhouser is 7-4 and second in school history with 25 career victories. Burdi is 5-0 and has a team-high eight saves, while Ray leads the Cardinals with a .329 average, 11 home runs, 48 RBI, 13 doubles, 45 runs scored and 31 stolen bases in 39 attempts.

Pitcher Josh Rogers joined McKay on the second team.

Pitcher Lincoln Henzeman and McKay were the two U of L players honored on the All-Freshman team by the league coaches.

U of L is the No. 1 seed in the ACC Tournament, which starts tomorrow. The Cardinals will play the North Carolina-Virginia Tech winner on Wednesday at 7 o'clock in Durham, N.C.

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