UofL BASEBALL | Brendan McKay named National Player of the Year

06/01/2017 07:30 PM

University of Louisville pitcher and first baseman Brendan McKay continues to add trophies to his busting trophy case. This time, McKay has been named the National Player of the Year by the Collegiate Baseball Newspaper.

The same publication also named junior infielder Drew Ellis and junior pitcherLincoln Henzman First Team All-Americans.

McKay is now the first U of L player in history to earn and National POY award, and he shares this year’s title with Mississippi State infielder Brent Rooker.

As the no. 7 seed Cardinals enter the NCAA tournament, McKay is currently batting over .360, has 17 homers, and 52 RBI. As a pitcher, he has a 9-3 record, an ERA under 2.4, and has struckout 124 opposing hitters. He has already been named the ACC Player of the Year this season, and is a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award and John Olerud Award Two-way Player of the Year among others.

McKay and the rest of the team are now less than 24 hours from their next run at the College World Series. Their first game in the Louisville Regional is Friday at 6:00 pm, at Jim Patterson Stadium. Today the team held an open practice, and the coach and players are feeling relaxed and focused going into the tourney.

Jody Demling, publisher for CardinalSports.com, joined Andrew Chernoff after the practice also, and helped break down the expectations this weekend for the home town team.

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