No. 6 Louisville received a stellar two-way performance from Brendan McKay to lead the Cardinals to a convincing 7-0 win over Alabama State for a season-opening win.
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All-American Brendan McKay had the type of outing that the more than 60 pro scouts who were in attendance had hoped for. The junior started the game by striking out the side, then connected for an RBI single in his first plate appearance to set the stage for an MVP performance.
The Golden Spikes nominee was the difference-maker on the mound and at the plate. Hitting 94-95 mph during his first inning of work, he completed six innings, recording nine strikeouts, allowing four hits and without issuing a walk. At the plate he was 2-for-2 with two RBI, a run scored and was hit by a pitch.
McKay connected for his first home run of the season, 11th of his career, driving the ball over the right field wall to begin the bottom of the fifth inning.
***Making the start behind the plate, Colby Fitch caught an excellent game and like McKay, also had a strong outing at the plate. The junior finished 2-for-2 with two RBI and a pair of runs scored. He drove a pitch over the right field wall in the sixth inning to lift the Cardinals lead to 6-0. It was the sixth home run of his career.
***The Cardinals out-hit the Hornets 12-4. The Cardinals also drew four walks against the opposing pitching staff.
***Leadoff hitter Logan Taylor reached base three times, including a seventh inning single that drove in Drew Ellis. He also had a single to start the bottom of the first and drew a walk in the fourth inning. He recorded a pair of stolen bases to up his career total to 31.
***Redshirt freshman Bryan Hoeing replaced McKay on the mound in the seventh inning and threw three innings, striking out a pair without allowing a hit or walk to pick up his first career save.
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***Freshman Tyler Fitzgerald started at third base and notched his first career RBI when he drove in Devin Hairston on a fifth inning sacrifice fly.
***Freshman Jake Snider recorded his first collegiate hit and stolen base with a sixth inning pinch hit single. He later scored on Fitch's home run.
***Josh Stowers replaced Ryan Summers in left field in the seventh inning. The sophomore connected for a single through the left side of the field for his first it of the season.
***Louisville played error-free ball. Alabama State committed two errors.
Louisville will return to Spectrum Field on Saturday evening to face Maryland. Kade McClure will get the start, with first pitch scheduled for 6 p.m.