LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) – Louisville sophomore pitcher Brenden McKay set the tone early for the Cardinals in Saturday’s 15-3 blowout of Ohio State (44-19-1) in the NCAA Regionals. McKay struck out the side in the top of the first inning, then belted a 2-run homer in the bottom of the first.

McKay says he’s never really had an inning like that one, especially in such a big game.

“Probably not,” McKay said with a smile. “The first inning is all just feel.”

He was feeling OK after that inning and another 4.2 innings, giving up only three hits, walking three and striking out ten batters.

“The way he attacked the zone in the first few innings and you could see how relaxed our offense was and how loose our guys were, Brenden was just really dialed in,” said U of L head coach Dan McDonnell.

Louisville (49-12) put up an eight run third inning and later waited out two separate rain delays. Senior infielder Danny Rosenbaum brought in four runs, knocking out his ninth and tenth homers of the season.

The Cardinals will play the winner of Sunday’s noon game between Wright State and Ohio State at 4pm in Jim Patterson Stadium.

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