The accolades began pouring in early in Brendan McKay's career and will continue until he makes the journey into professional baseball.
The Louisville two-way star added another to resume on Tuesday when the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association selected the junior as February's Player of the Month.
The back-to-back John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year honoree, began the 2017 season by hitting a blistering .619 (13-for-21) with a double, three homers and 11 RBI. He struck out just once during the seven contents last month, while drawing six walks and was hit by two pitches. Serving as the Cardinals starting Friday ace, McKay also registered a pair of wins, including an impressive six inning outing in the season-opener when he recorded nine strikeouts, while giving up jsut four hits without issuing a walk. Through two starts, McKay has a 0.82 ERA in 11 innings of work and has allowed only six hits and four walks, striking out 14.
A consensus first-team All-America selection in 2016, McKay's hot start has continued into the second month of the season. The Darlington, Penn., native is leading the team with a .621 batting average, which ranks second nationally. His .683 on-base percentage and 1.138 slugging percentage also rank second nationally, while his four home runs is tied for No. 27 in the country.
He carries a .340 career batting average with 34 doubles, 14 homers and 89 RBI. On the mound he has a 23-7 career record and a 1.99 ERA with four saves and 259 strikeouts over 217.1 innings.
LSU senior southpaw Jared Poché the National Pitcher of the Month for February.
The undefeated Cardinals (11-0) return to the diamond on Wednesday when they host Ft. Wayne at Jim Patterson Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 4 p.m.