Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell is mixing up the weekend rotation; Kyle Funkhouser will start game three instead of game one

University of Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell is mixing up the Cardinals' weekend pitching rotation. Brendan McKay will get the start in game one against Virginia Tech, while Drew Harrington moves into game three and Kyle Funkhouser is now in game three.

With ace Kyle Funkhouser struggling a bit, University of Louisville head coach Dan McDonnell and pitching coach Roger Williams have decided to mix up the weekend rotation a bit.

Funkhouser will now pitch in game three, while Brendan McKay will move into the game one role and Drew Harrington into game two.

"It's a week-to-week evaluation," McDonnell said.

Funkhouser, who came back to school after being selected in the first round of the draft last June by the Los Angeles Dodgers, is off to a 2-2 start and has a 4.89 ERA in six starts. He's allowed home runs in each of his last three starts.

"There has been a lot on his plate for two and a half years," McDonnell said of the senior. "It's time to take a little bit off his plate and let the depth of our bullpen, let the talent of our team take over and let him pitch game three."

McKay, who has a 5-1 record with a 1.10 ERA, is undefeated at home during his career and will be the Friday night starter. But at least for this week, McKay will pitch on Saturday when the series against Virginia Tech begins.

Harrington (5-1) has been sensational the past three weeks and will pitch on Sunday at 1, while Funkhouser will go on Monday night at 7 o'clock in a game televised on ESPNU.


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