What an afternoon it was for Louisville's Brendan McKay. The two-time John Olerud Award recipient and unanimous All-American hit four home runs for the No. 2 Cardinals to lead the team to a 14-4 victory at Eastern Kentucky.
(Check out the entire interview with Brendan McKay following his big day in the video player below)
McKay finished his afternoon going 4-for-5 at the plate and a career-best nine RBI. It's the first time since he was 12 years old and hit a pair of home runs in a youth tournament at Cooperstown that he's experienced a multi-home run outing. The reality of hitting four in a single game on the college level is difficult for him to put into words.
"I don't know how to describe it, but its weird knowing that all of your hits are home runs," he told Cardinal Authority.
"You just want to enjoy this," U of L head coach Dan McDonnell said. "It's amazing. You obviously don't see this often."
Three of his long balls come during the first three innings.
His first came in the opening inning to give the Cardinals an early 2-0 lead. An inning later he drove what was likely his longest shot and plated in another two runs. He hit his third home run of the game 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.
As he was rounding the bases following his fourth shot, the special day was setting in.
"At the moment I didn't think that ball was getting out, but it eventually carried out and I was like, 'wow,'" he said. "The ball was flying today and you're having a good day at the plate offensively. It just makes for a great day with a great win."
During the bus ride home, McKay was inundated with family, friends and fans sending their congratulations. He even found time to conduct a phone interview before the arriving back in Louisville, where he met with more media and another national phone interview.
Projected to be selected as high as the first pick in the Major League Baseball Draft, McKay, who is second in the ACC with a 1.83 ERA and 10th nationally with 83 strikeouts, isn't worried about how his future club will chose to use him.
"You can't get overwhelmed with what everybody is saying and what they project you as because ultimately you put in as much work as you can and build a resume for yourself," he said. "When draft day comes they'll make a decision and its their choice then."
His performance lifted his slugging percentage from .645, second-best on the team, to .746 which should place him in the top ten nationally. He batting averaged jumped to .407.