Louisville closer Zack Burdi (Aaron Fitt)


Buzzworthy: Louisville’s Zack Burdi

At The Ballpark

CHAPEL HILL, N.C. — For seven innings Friday at Boshamer Stadium, Brendan McKay was the story. The Louisville two-way star was in complete control for seven innings of three-hit ball, using his trademark plus 78-80 curveball and his 89-91 fastball to rack up nine strikeouts. He left with a 3-0 lead that he helped build with a single and a run, and then an RBI double.

Of course, that kind of day is nothing new for McKay, who has been college baseball’s premier two-way player for the last two years. But when McKay’s day on the mound was finally over in the eighth inning, North Carolina mounted its most serious threat of the game, putting the first two runners on base against reliever Jake Sparger. With the game hanging in the balance, Louisville summoned closer Zack Burdi — and he simply took over.


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