RICHMOND, Ky. – All-American Brendan McKay matched a school record with four home runs and finished with a career-best nine RBI to lead the No. 2 Louisville baseball team to a 14-4 road victory against Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday afternoon at Earle Combs Stadium.
The four home runs for McKay equaled the school record total first achieved by Jim LaFountain against Western Kentucky on April 24, 1976. Tuesday’s performance by the junior two-way standout marked the most home runs by an NCAA Division I player this season, while the nine RBI equaled the third highest total in the nation.
McKay’s 4-for-5 day at the plate included a two-run homer in the first inning, a two-run bomb in the second inning, a three-run homer in the fourth and another two-run shot in the ninth inning as the Cardinals (34-6) hit six home runs overall, their highest total in a single game since 2009 (May 5 vs. Ohio State). The nine RBI for McKay were the most for a Louisville player since Chris Dominguez drove in nine runs and connected for three home runs in a win over Milwaukee on May 6, 2009. With Tuesday’s performance, McKay lifted his batting average to .405, his on-base percentage to .530 and his slugging percentage to .746 to go along with 11 home runs and 39 RBI in 38 starts this season.