Brendan McKay struck out 12 and Josh Stowers hit a pair of home runs to lead No. 2 Louisville to a 5-4 win over Toledo at Jim Patterson Stadium on Friday afternoon.
The two home runs were the first of Stowers career and drove in a career-high four RBI for the sophomore. His first came was a one-out solo shot in the fifth inning to knot the score at 1-1. He second round-tripper came in the seventh inning with the Cardinals trailing 4-1. He connected for a three-run home run to left to even the score.
In addition to his prowess at the plate, Stowers also made his presence in the field known with the defensive highlight of the contest. His diving catch in left field will be one of the best defensive plays of the season for the Cardinals.
Drew Ellis pushed the Cardinals ahead with a sacrifice fly to center field in the eighth inning that plated Devin Hairston. Ellis now leads the team with 42 RBI.
McKay (6-3) picked up the win after tossing eight innings. He allowed just four runs on just three hits, while striking out 12 with just one walk issued. Sam Bordner collected his second save of the season after throwing the ninth.
Louisville, which improved to 36-6 overall, will host Toledo on Saturday at 1pm.