No. 6 Louisville received home runs from Brendan McKay and Drew Ellis, while Devin Hairston connected for four hits to lead the team to a resounding 19-3 win over visiting Eastern Kentucky.
The victory marked the ninth straight against EKU and improved the school's overall series lead to 66-48-1 against the Colonels.
The lopsided win was the program's highest scoring performance since last year's 21-4 season-opener against SIU-Edwardsville.
McKay's hot start continues
Two-way star Brendan McKay had an opening weekend that provided evidence that the Cardinals junior is worthy of being labeled as the nation's best player. All he did was record his first win on the mound by throwing six shutout innings, while also going 4-for-8 with eight RBI and two home runs at the plate.
Making his first appearance at home this season, the defending back-to-back John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year honoree continued his hot start at the plate. With bases loaded for first trip to the plate on Wednesday against EKU, McKay connected on a 1-0 pitch for a shot over the right-center wall for his first career grand slam and set the stage for the Cardinals blowout victory.
He finished 2-for-4 with four RBI, two runs and a walk. His current numbers of the year are staggering. He's hitting .500 with nine RBI and six runs scored. He's also drawn five walks. He ranks among the nation's top 15 in home runs, RBI and slugging percentage.
Hairston perfect against Colonels
Shortstop Devin Hairston went a perfect 4-for-4 against EKU. He also registered an RBI sacrifice fly in his fifth trip to the plate on Wednesday afternoon. The Lexington native totaled three RBI and scored a pair of runs.
A Third Team All-American as a sophomore, Hairston is now the team leader with eight total hits and second a .444 batting average.
The win over Eastern Kentucky moves Louisville to 4-0 on the season, marking the third time (2010, 2016) that the Cardinals have started undefeated through four games during the Dan McDonnell era. It's just the fifth time that U of L has reached 4-0 since 1980, with the program also doing so in 1989 and 2003.
Louisville has played error-free baseball through four games, making the Cardinals just one of seven programs to continue with a 1.000 fielding percentage during the early stages of the season.
Louisville is in the early steps of an eight-game homestand and will host Nebraska-Omaha for a three-game series this weekend. This marks the first meeting between the two programs. The Durango's have started 1-4 on the season. UNO has been outscored 45-6 in its four defeats, including a 11-1 loss at Kansas on Tuesday.