Following Brendan McKay and Lincoln Henzman winning the Dick Howser Trophy and Stopper Of The Year award respectively, both players speak to the media and are presented with their awards.
Add another award for Louisville superstar Brendan McKay, as the junior takes home the Dick Howser Award.
The award, first given out in 1987, honors the best player in college baseball,voted on by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association (NCBWA). McKay adds this award after winning the John Olerud Award to become the first three-time winner, and was also selected fourth overall by Tampa Bay in Monday’s MLB Draft. Recent notable winners include Buster Posey (2008), Stephen Strasburg (2009) and Kris Bryant (2013).
Brendan McKay, Louisville two-way superstar and the newest member of the Tampa Bay Rays, was named a finalist for the prestigious Golden Spikes Award this afternoon. He joins Mississippi State’s Brent Rooker, North Carolina’s J.B. Bukauskas and Virginia’s Adam Haseley as the four finalists for the award.
The Golden Spikes Award is awarded to the best player in college baseball, and is viewed as the most highly sought after individual award in college baseball. Current MLB superstars Buster Posey, David Price, Kris Bryant, Stephen Strasburg and Bryce Harper are recipients of the award.
For the third consecutive year, LHP/1B Brendan McKay has won the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year award. As the name suggests, it is awarded to the top player who excels both at the plate and on the mound. According to our friend Kelly Dickey, McKay has won 37.5% of all the Olerud Player of the Year awards ever given.
After being passed up by the Minnesota Twins, Cincinnati Reds and San Diego Padres, the Tampa Bay Rays drafted UofL starting pitcher/first baseman/designated hitter Brendan McKay with the 4th overall pick in the MLB Draft.
McKay is the highest MLB Draft pick is program history, surpassing Corey Ray, who was drafted 5th overall by the Milwaukee Brewers in the 2016 MLB Draft.
In 61 games played, McKay is batting .343/.464/.657 with 17 home runs and 56 RBIs. On the mound, McKay is 10-3 in 16 starts, with a 2.34 ERA in 104 innings pitched. He also has 140 strikeouts, a school record for strikeouts in a single season, while only allowing 33 walks.
Logan Taylor, Brendan McKay, Drew Ellis and coach Dan McDonnell speak to the media following their Super Regional victory against Kentucky.
Logan Taylor (2-4, RBI) talks about prior experience in Omaha during his freshman year, Brendan McKay (6.2 IP, 8H, 2ER, 9K) talks about his Louisville career as well as the upcoming MLB Draft, and Drew Ellis (3-4, 2 HR) talks about his amazing performance in the Super Regional following his postseason slump.
With a record crowd for the second straight day in a row and a trip to the College World Series on the line, the Cardinal Nine handled the pressure with ease and defeated archrival Kentucky for the Super Regional sweep, 6-2 and punched their ticket to Omaha.
After finally breaking out of his postseason slump in game 1 of the Louisville Super Regional, Drew Ellis got back to his All-American form in game 2. He hit his 19th and 20th home runs of the season for his 60th and 61st RBIs of the season, one of which was a no-doubter to deep left-center field that bounced off the light post. Colby Fitch also broke out of his postseason slump, batting 3-5 after going 1-16 (.063) in NCAA Championship play. Following Ellis and Fitch’s footsteps, shortstop Devin Hairston would also collect three hits on the day, batting 3-4.
Two-way super star Brendan McKay continues to rack up the accolades after having a brilliant season. This morning Baseball America, one of the nation’s most trusted and respected baseball publications on all levels, named the UofL pitcher/first baseman their College Player of the Year.
Through all 60 of Louisville’s regular season and postseason games, McKay has registered a triple slash of .356/.476/.688 while driving 17 home runs and 56 RBIs, both of which are teams highs. Also having a stellar season on the mound, McKay registered a 2.31 ERA over 97.1 innings pitched, while posting a 9-3 mark in 15 starts. He also posted a team high 131 strikeouts while only allowing 33 walks.
Yes, it’s happening. The Cardinals and Wildcats will settle the score in 2017 this weekend, with a trip to the College World Series on the line at the sold-out Jim Patterson Stadium.
The Cardinals are looking for their first College World Series since 2014, while Kentucky is seeking its first ever trip to Omaha. U of L went 3-0 in their stretch, while Kentucky rebounded from a loss against NC State to top the Hoosiers and Wolfpack (twice).
Logan Taylor used three RBIs — both the game-tying and go-ahead runs — as U of L scored ten runs in the final two innings to run away with an 11-1 victory over Oklahoma.
It took a while for the Louisville bats to get going, as the Cards only mustered one hit and one run in the first seven innings. U of L would lower the boom on Boomer Sooner in the final two innings, though.
Following the disappointing end to the regular season and ACC Baseball Tournament, the Louisville Cardinals opened up their 2017 postseason back on track with a win against the Big South champion Radford Highlanders, defeating them 11-6.
Breaking the normal pitching rotation, head coach Dan McDonnell opted to go down to his two-spot in the rotation, and put in Kade McClure to start on the mound for the Cards. Doing so would save two-way superstar Brendan McKay for Saturday’s game against the Oklahoma Sooners, who took down the Big East champion Xavier Musketeers in Game 1 of the Louisville Regional.
Two-way superstar Brendan McKay has been named Collegiate Baseball Newspaper’s national Player of the Year for 2017, as well as being named an All-American by the same publication. In addition to McKay, infielder Drew Ellis and closing pitcher Lincoln Henzman were also named All-Americans by Collegiate Baseball Magazine.
In a game that didn’t have much at stake for either team, the No.1 overall seed Louisville Cardinals defeated the Notre Dame Fighting Irish, 10-3 in the Cards’ first game of pool play. Although the Cards managed to come away victorious, it didn’t really mean much in terms of advancing past pool play and onto the semifinals. This was because 12-seed Notre Dame’s loss to 8-seed Florida State the day before had not only mathematically eliminated Notre Dame, but had turned Friday’s Louisville/Florida State game into a de facto survive-and-advance game no matter the outcome of the Louisville/Notre Dame game.
After dropping their final three games to close the 2017 regular season, the Cardinals are looking to rebound in the ACC Tournament. Despite the three-game skid, U of L earned the number one seed after a rain-out cancelled the Saturday series finale against Florida State.
The Cardinals will host Florida State and Notre Dame in their pod tomorrow and Friday. Should the Cardinals advance, they will face the winner of Pool D between Virginia and Duke.
The Atlantic Coast Conference announced their 2017 Baseball Honors this afternoon, and 3 Louisville Cardinals were awarded these honors. Coach Dan McDonnell was awarded Coach of the Year for an ACC record three straight times, Devin Hairston was awarded the inaugural Defensive Player of the Year, and Brendan McKay was awarded Player of the Year.
Breaking news: Louisville baseball continues to be dominant, now standing at 46-6 and again the consensus #2 team in the country.
It was another stellar week for the Cardinals, as #2 Louisville got four big wins over #25 Vanderbilt and #7 Clemson. The victories against the Tigers earned U of L its third straight Atlantic Division title, along with remaining ahead for a possible overall regular-season title.
The Baseball Cards traveled down to South Carolina this weekend to face the Clemson Tigers, and they came back to the Ville unscathed. They swept the Tigers in a three game series to put them at 46-6 on the season, and 23-4 in the conference.
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It was another week of handling business as usual for the #2 Cardinals. U of L (42-6) swept another four-game week against Miami of Ohio and Notre Dame, who remain the consensus #2 team in the country on an 11-game winning streak. This is the second time the Cards have reached a winning streak of double digits, a first in the program’s history.
Up next, Louisville begins the gauntlet to close the regular season with Vanderbilt and Clemson on deck.
The Batting Order
1. Drew Ellis Earns National Honors
Louisville infielder Drew Ellis walked away with National Player of the Month honors for the month of the April. Ellis earned it while hitting .455 during the month, along with 22 RBI, five doubles, eight home runs and a triple.
Additionally, Ellis is one of two Cardinal players that have started all 48 games this season. The junior currently leads the team with a .393 batting average, 16 doubles, 13 home runs and a .732 slugging percentage.
A pair of comeback victories and stellar pitching highlighted another 4-0 week for the Cardinals, who swept the week with wins against Miami of Ohio and Notre Dame. Louisville (41-6) now enters the final two weeks of the season with one of the best records in school history, and an 11-game winning streak.