By Beau Kilpatrick
The No. 6 Louisville Cardinals are smashing their competition through seven games. The Cards are undefeated (7-0) in 2017. Louisville is also leading the ACC with a two game lead over Clemson (5-2).
The Cardinals wrapped up their home opening weekend series by sweeping Omaha-Nebraska. Louisville has exploded so far this season. They outscored the Mavericks 23-2 over the weekend, including two shutouts.
Brendan McKay took the mound to open the weekend series and received win 23 on his resume. McKay also collected his tenth RBI of the season. Adam Wolf and Lincoln Henzman relieved the All-American on the mound to finish the 7-2 victory.
Day one box score: http://www.gocards.com/boxscore.aspx?path=baseball&id=13747
Devin Hairston hit his first homer of the season Friday night. However, it was Logan Taylor who continues to dominate at the plate. Taylor had three hits, two runs, and two stolen bases in the contest. All of the starters for Louisville recorded at least one hit, which made winning much easier for coach McDonnell.
Day two of the series delivered a powerful performance by junior Kade McClure throwing the heat. McClure only gave up one hit through six impressive innings. He also recorded nine strikeouts. Sam Bordner and Shay Smiddy closed out relief on the mound with out allowing a hit in the final three innings.
Brendan McKay continued his dominance at the plate, hitting a double and an RBI. McKay is batting an incredible .588 on the season. Drew Ellis, Colby Fitch, Devin Mann, and Logan Taylor continue to ride a hot streak at bat. Freshman Jake Snider hit a triple on Saturday and reached home plate with Colin Lyman and Logan Wyatt. The Cardinals dominated 10-0 on day two.
Sunday closed out the series with another 6-0 shutout victory. Coach McDonnell has found himself another pitching gem in freshman Michael McAvene. McAvene got his second win as a Cardinal, pitching five scoreless innings in game three.
Day three box score: http://www.gocards.com/boxscore.aspx?path=baseball&id=13749
Lead off man Logan Taylor blistered the Omaha defense three days in a row. On Sunday he recorded three more RBIs, a triple, a double and has a batting average this season of .464. Brendan McKay is now batting .619 after the weekend series. McKay has three homers and 11 RBIs on the season.
The No. 6 Cardinals are punishing opponents this season, often scoring in double digits, pitching phenomenally and aggressively shutting down base runners on defense. On offense, the Cards are being fueled by Logan Taylor’s consistency at bat, McKay’s power, and getting great batting out of Fitch and Hairston. Many freshmen are contributing to the success of these Cards as well. Coach McDonnell has filled his roster with the greatest potential that could possibly be the most explosive team in the nation.
The Cardinals continue their streak of home games this Wednesday (March 1) against Morehead State at 3 p.m. They will host Eastern Michigan this weekend for a three-game series. Friday they take the diamond at 3 p.m., Saturday at 12 p.m., and Sunday at 1 p.m.
These games will not be televised in the traditional format. They will be aired on ACC Network Extra, which can be seen through the ESPN online app. Many games are aired on radio networks 93.9 The Ville, 790 AM, WHAS 840, and ESPN 1080 AM.
As always, GO CARDS!!! #L1C4