Louisville's junior All-American Brendan McKay added another chapter to his impressive story on Tuesday afternoon against Eastern Kentucky. Facing the Colonels in Richmond, Ky., McKay connected for a school-record tying four home runs and drove in nine RBI to lead the Cardinals to a 14-4 victory.
McKay, who has never hit more than two home runs in a single game, hit three in the game's first four innings. His first came in the opening inning to give the Cardinals an early 2-0 lead. An inning later he drove in another two runs on his longest shot of the game. He hit his third home run in the fourth inning, driving in three to lift U of L's lead to 10-1. His fourth home run of the contest came in the ninth inning.
"You just want to enjoy this," U of L head coach Dan McDonnell said. "It's amazing. You obviously don't see this often."
McKay's home run total equals the school record set by Jim LaFountain, who connected for four against Western Kentucky in 1976.
Louisville also received home runs by Devin Mann and Drew Ellis. McKay now leads the Cardinals with 11 home runs on the season, with Ellis now at 10 and Mann with five.
"Today was a good day," said McKay, who is the lone player to hit four home runs in a single game in all of Division I baseball this season.
Devin Hairston also had a solid outing, going 2-for-5 with an RBI and scoring four times.
Making his first start on the mound, Shay Smiddy picked up his first win of the season after throwing five innings. He allowed just three runs on three hits, while striking out three. Adam Elliott threw three innings of relief, allowing only one run on two hits while striking out six.
The Cardinals improved to 34-6 overall.
Louisville swept the season series against EKU, also defeating the Colonels 19-3 at Patterson Stadium on Feb. 22. The Cardinals have won six straight in the series and lead the all-time meeting 67-48-1.
Up next for the Cardinals is a meeting against Northern Kentucky at Louisville Slugger Field on Wednesday evening. Tickets are only $5 each and can be purchased online here or by calling (855) 228-8497.