Former Blackhawk high school standout Brendan McKay finished his high school career in spectacular fashion when his pitched 72.1 consecutive scoreless innings to tie the second-longest streak in U.S. high school baseball history.
McKay began his collegiate career right when he ended his high school one- by dominating the opposition.
As a freshman at Louisville, McKay went 8-2 in the regular season with a 1.64 ERA. He also led the conference with 100 strikeouts.
That helped the Blackhawk grad in being named the ACC Freshman of the Year on Monday.
McKay also added four saves for the Cardinals before being moved into the rotation in the middle of the season.
But that isn’t it for McKay.
The freshman has also been named a finalist for the John Olerud Award, which is given to the nation’s best two-way player.
When he wasn’t pitching, McKay served as a designated hitter and first baseman for the Cardinals. He excelled there as well, hitting .318 with two home runs, 29 RBIs and four stolen bases.
McKay’s outstanding freshman campaign also earned him spots on the All-ACC first team as a starting pitcher, All-ACC second team as a utility player and the ACC All-Freshman team.
Louisville, helped by McKay’s big season heads into the ACC Tournament as the No. 1 seed.
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