University of Louisville pitcher and first baseman Brendan McKay was named the 2015 John Olerud Two-Way Player of the Year on Monday by the National College Baseball Hall of Fame.
The award is named for the former Washington State and Major League Baseball star who achieved success as both a first baseman and a left-handed pitcher.
"We had another outstanding class of two-way players this season, all of whom could have won the award," Olerud co-chairman George Watson said. "What set Brendan apart was his competitiveness as a freshman to solidify tough roles both at the plate and on the mound and to do so with the maturity and mental toughness of a seasoned veteran."
McKay, a native of Darlington, Pa., is the first freshman to win the Olerud Award in its six-year history. Earlier this month, McKay was named as Baseball America's College Freshman of the Year and was selected as a national Freshman of the Year by Collegiate Baseball newspaper.
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In his first collegiate season, McKay had a 9-3 record with a 1.77 ERA and 117 strikeouts in 962⁄3 innings and 20 appearances on the mound. McKay hit .308 with four home runs, 34 RBI, 38 walks and 32 runs scored.