University of Louisville junior Brendan McKay smacked four home runs in the Cardinals’ 14-2 win at Eastern Kentucky on Tuesday, tying a 41-year-old school record.
McKay gave the second-ranked Cardinals a 2-0 lead in the top of the first inning with a two-run shot to right-center field. He capped Louisville’s five-run second inning with a two-run homer to right field. McKay struck again with a three-run homer in the fourth to extend U of L’s lead to 10-1. After striking out looking in the seventh, McKay had one more shot at the record when he came to bat in the ninth. He got the job done with a two-run blast to right-center.
McKay, who started at first base Tuesday, finished the day 4-for-5 with four homers and nine RBI.
His four home runs tied the school record set by Jim LaFountain on April 24, 1976 against Western Kentucky.
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For the season, McKay is batting .408 with 11 home runs and 39 RBI. On the mound, McKay is 5-3 with a 1.83 ERA and 83 strikeouts in 59 innings pitched. The last two years, McKay won the John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year Award and was a consensus first-team All-American in 2016.
The Cardinals (34-6) return home Wednesday to take on Northern Kentucky at Louisvile Slugger Field. Eastern Kentucky (21-20) is back in action Friday at home against Jacksonville State.