Wednesday brought exciting news for members of the Louisville baseball roster, as a number of players were chosen to a pair of national award watch lists.
A trio of Louisville pitchers - Drew Harrington, Brendan McKay and Kade McClure - were named to the National Pitcher of the Year watch list, presented by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame. U of L is just one of five programs with three players on the Pitcher of the Year list joining Florida, South Carolina, TCU and Vanderbilt.
McKay, along with Corey Ray and Nick Solak were all named to the midseason watch list for the Golden Spikes Award, an honor given closer to the top amateur baseball player in the country. Louisville, along with Vanderbilt and Virginia, were the only programs to have three players named to the Golden Spikes list.
Harrington, in his first season as a member of the weekend rotation, has quickly placed himself among the nation's best. With an 8-1 record he's tied for most win nationally and currently ranks No. 21 nationally with a 1.40 ERA.
Louisville's usual week day starter, McClure, who has made eight starts, has a 7-0 record with 2.87 ERA and 37 strikeouts in ten appearances. He currently ranks eighth nationally in hits allowed per nine innings (4.83) and eighth in WHIP (0.80).
Last season's John Olerud Award winner for the nation's top two-way player, McKay was also named to that awards midseason watch list on Wedensday. He has posted a 7-1 record with a 2.15 ERA through nine starts. His 73 strikeouts ranks 16th nationally. At the plate, McKay is hitting .316 with 24 RBI and three home runs.
Ray has been the Cardinals lead off hitter throughout the season and consistently produces. He's hitting .333, with his 11 home runs and 46 RBI both among the nation's top 15. Proving he's much more than a power hitter, Ray's 31 stolen bases is currently tops in the ACC and No. 2 nationally.
Solak was among the nation's best hitters before being sidelined with a wrist injury 15 games ago. Before the injury, Solak had started all 22 games and is hitting a team-high .455.
Louisville travels to Chestnut Hill, Mass., this weekend where it will face ACC foe Boston College in a three-game series.