Louisville baseball now 1 win away from Omaha

Logan Taylor's is greeted by his UofL teammates after his first home run in his collegiate career.
Logan Taylor is greeted by a swarm of UofL teammates after hitting his first home run in his collegiate career.

No shortage of heroes for the University of Louisville baseball team in a 9-3 win over Cal State Fullerton, the first win for UofL in five tries against CSF, putting the Cardinals within one win of going to the College World Series a third straight season.

Brendan McKay faces challenges head on.
Brendan McKay faces challenges head on.

Cool, calm and always collected Brendan McKay allowing the Titans only one run in seven innings. He would be relieved in the eighth after walking the first batter who would later score. For the day, he would give up eight hits, two bases on balls, and two runs. Nine strikeouts as well.

McKay looks forward to big challenges, noting that life will be full of them, whether it be on the baseball field or elsewhere. “We will have a lot of challenges and we have to deal with them,” he said over the weekend.  “The one right now happens to be baseball.”

That’s a very mature 19-year-old player speaking, the one chosen Freshman of the Year for 2015 by Collegiate Baseball Newspaper. UofL baseball is blessed.

And what about Logan Taylor, who will celebrate his 21st birthday on June 21st? Possibly in Omaha? As a pinch hitter, he would collect his first collegiate home run, driving in two runs to improve UofL’s lead to 6-1. He was, in fact, three for three for day with three runs batted in.

Corey Ray, taking note of deep outfielders in that sixth inning, landing a ball in short centerfield to push two other runs across. He was three of five for the game, including a double and three runs batted in.

Danny Rosenbaum, who sees action mostly when is McKay is pitching, coming through with four hits, one RBI and a run. Got to make more room for him.

Devin Hairston continuing his post-season surge, also collecting three hits and an RBI while also scoring a run. His transformation continues.

Monday’s game is scheduled at 7:05 p.m., and will be televised by ESPN2.