Brendan McKay sets tone for Louisville baseball in home opener

Never any doubt about where this ball was going for Brendan McKay, a 400-foot-plus grand slam (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

Brendan McKay never gets excited, just an even keel type of guy, taking everything in stride, knowing baseball has lots of ups and downs from one day to the next. 

No big deal with the bases loaded in the first inning. But not just another at bat this time. The Louisville slugger sending the first pitch high and deep over the centerfield fence, quickly getting UofL off to a 4-0 start.

Devin Hairston continues his two-season sizzle, going four-for-four at the plate (Cindy Rice Shelton photo).

The Cardinals would go on to 19-3 win over Eastern Kentucky University before a crowd of 2,154 Wednesday, improving its record to 4-0 on a 75-degree day at Jim Patterson Stadium.

McKay, a junior, would also get one other hit  and a base on balls. After four games, he is batting an even .500 with three home runs and nine runs batted in. Never changing his expression, even when mobbed by his teammates at plate after his latest four-bagger.

Centerfielder Logan Taylor finally got the leadoff spot after four seasons and he’s loving it, coming through with three hits while scoring twice and driving in two other runs. Oh, and he raised his batting average to .438.

Shortstop Devin Hairston have never cooled off since that batting slump a couple of seasons ago. Hairston was four for five, scoring twice, batting in three runs. He raised his batting average to .444.

Catcher Colby Fitch, not to be outdone, is batting 438, after connecting for a couple of singles. Leftfielder Drew Ellis, meanwhile, connecting for his second home run of the season.


Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.