Louisville's McKay named Freshman of the Year

University of Louisville two-way standout Brendan McKay has been selected as Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American by College Baseball Newspaper

It's been a spectacular rookie season for Louisville's Brendan McKay and while the Cardinals are still playing in the NCAA postseason, the accolades that reflect his achievements are beginning to roll in.

College Baseball Newspaper published it's Louisville Slugger All-Freshman team on Wednesday afternoon and selected McKay as co-Freshman of the Year with Florida's J.J. Schwartz.

McKay enters Super Regional weekend with an 8-3 record with a 1.71 ERA and 108 strikeouts in 89.2 innings and 19 appearances on the mound, including 12 straight weekend starts and was an All-ACC First Team choice. He was a Second Team All-ACC selection for his efforts at the plate, where he made 55 starts as a hitter, either at first base or designated hitter, and carries a .315 average with three home runs and 32 RBI.

A recent invitee to compete for a roster spot on the 2015 USA Baseball Collegiate National Team, McKay is also a Golden Spikes Award semifinalist and is a top ten candidate for the John Olerud Award.

McKay wasn't the only Louisville pitcher to make the Louisville Slugger All-American list. Fellow freshmen Lincoln Henzman and Sean Leland were also selected to the All-Freshman team.

Henzman, also a member of the ACC All-Freshman team, is 5-1 with two saves and a 1.93 ERA. Leland has compiled a 4-0 record with a 2.09 ERA in 43 innings of work.

The ACC has 11 players present on the Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American Team. For the complete list, click here.


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