The Louisville Cardinal

Baseball ranked No. 1 for the first time in school history

McKay is batting .542 through 13 games.

By Dalton Ray–

Baseball sits first in the nation after being the only undefeated team.

The 15-0 start is Louisville’s best since their 17-0 start in 1957. The Cardinals play Xavier on March 15 at noon and begin a three-game series against Boston College on March 17 at 6 p.m.

Juniors Brendan McKay and Drew Ellis lead the Cardinals at the plate with four home runs a piece. McKay has a nation-high .548 batting average while Ellis has 18 RBIs. As a team, Louisville’s .344 batting average ranks them third in the nation and their 139 runs places them 12th.

On the mound, five different pitchers have started for U of L and McKay has the best record at 3-0. McKay’s ERA sits at 0.50 and his 28 strikeouts is tied with junior Kade McClure for the team high. McClure (2-0) has pitched the most innings, 21.2, and has a 2.08 ERA.

Louisville’s pitching staff has a combined ERA of 1.75, which is second best in the country. Their 5.44 hits allowed per nine innings is the third best in the nation.

Photo by Dalton Ray / The Louisville Cardinal