No. 2 Louisville received a complete game shutout performance from sophomore pitcher Brendan McKay and each Cardinal collected at least one hit in a 4-0 win at Ole Miss on Saturday afternoon.
Making his second start of the season and with 10,561 watching on at Swayze Field, McKay matched his season-high total of eight strikeouts, while giving up just three hits and issuing zero walks. He made just seven pitches while Ole Miss runners were on base and kept his pitch count to just 93 for the game.
"Brendan McKay gave us a great start and the defense played really good," U of L head coach Dan McDonnell said. "The combination of Brendan throwing strikes and not walking anybody, and guys making plays behind him, we kept Brendan out of pressure. He didn't have to throw from the stretch a lot, he didn't have to throw with runners in scoring position, so he was efficient and therefore he's able to throw a complete game."
Offensively, McKay connected for a key no-out double late in the contest and later scored in the Cardinals three run eighth inning. He also made a pair of quick reaction plays in the bottom of the eighth on hard hit shots back up the middle, knocking both down to make the play at first.
Danny Rosenbaum led the Cardinals with a pair of RBI, with Blake Tiberi and Colby Fitch also driving in a run. Colin Lyman led U of L with two hits on an afternoon that saw all in the lineup connect for a hit.
Louisville, which improved to 5-1 overall, will attempt to win the series by taking game three on Sunday afternoon at 2:30p.m.