U of L baseball: Weekly notebook

Grant Kay

Here are a few notebook items surrounding the University of Louisville baseball program in Cardinal Authority's weekly notebook. The Cardinals have five games this week at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Grant Kay A NEWCOMER FITTING IN

University of Louisville baseball coach Dan McDonnell has a ton of newcomers contributing through the first 14 games of the season.

But perhaps the best so far has been junior-college transfer Grant Kay.

Kay, who has started games at first base, second base, third base, designated hitter and played in the outfield, is batting .304 for the Cardinals. He's second on the team with 13 RBIs and also with 14 runs.

"He's a versatile guy," U of L coach Dan McDonnell said.

In a the three-game series with Miami, Ohio, Kay led the U of L offense by going 5-for-10 with a home run, two doubles, six RBI, four runs scored, two walks and a stolen base. He also has five stolen bases on the season.

Kay has started all 14 games for the Cardinals.

BURDI WITH NO SAVES ON THE SEASON

U of L has been rolling in the 10 wins this season with no game closer than three runs since the season-opening 7-6 win over West Virginia.

And because of that, relief star Nick Burdi is without a save.

"We are really good at putting teams away," McDonnell said. "When we are ahead we really put teams away. And that is a credit to our offense, but we also have to learn to put teams away."

Burdi has five appearances and has allowed just three hits and struck out nine batters in five innings on the season. He's 1-0 on the season.

On Sunday, Burdi pitched against Miami, Ohio, and closed out the game with one inning. Burdi threw one pitch at 99 MPH.

FIVE GAMES ON TAP THIS WEEK

The Cardinals (10-4) will play five games this week at home, including a two-game series against Western Illinois and three against Samford.

U of L will host Western Illinois on Tuesday at 3 p.m. and on Wednesday at noon for elementary school day. The Samford games are slated for 3 p.m. on Friday and 1 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

"It's a big week," McDonnell said. "We don't want to get a head of ourselves. It's a big week for us and a key two-game series."

KIDSTON COULD RETURN

McDonnell said on Sunday that sophomore standout Anthony Kidston could make his return this week with "a couple of innings."

Kidston went 5-0 last season in 13 appearances and was named a Louisville Slugger Freshman All-American before shutting it down late in the season with an injury. He has been rehabbing since last spring.

McDonnell said his return could "be a big boost to our staff."

A FEW NUGGETS

***The shutout on Sunday of Miami, Ohio, was the third of the season and No. 37 for the Cardinals under McDonnell. U of L had a school-record 10 shutouts last year.

***U of L is now 6-1 on the season when scoring first and is 6-0 against right-handed starting pitchers.

***The Cardinals already have 11 home runs – led by Jeff Gardner's three – through 14 games. It took 32 games to reach that mark last season.

***Gardner leads the team at .388, while Cole Sturgeon averages .368 and now has a 10-game hitting streak.

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