U of L baseball signee closing in on record

University of Louisville baseball signee Brendan McKay is nearing a national record. The Blackhawk, Pa., pitcher has now pitched 65 straight shutout innings after a two-hit shutout on Saturday against Indiana in the Pennsylvania playoffs. Cardinal Authority has the latest.

Brendan McKay is chasing history.

The University of Louisville baseball signee pitched a two-hit shutout on Saturday in a win over Indiana, running his streak to 65 consecutive scoreless innings.

The hard-throwing lefthanded pitcher struck out 16 as Blackhawk won the in the quarterfinals of the WPIAL Class AAA baseball tournament.

McKay is 6-0 this season and has been perfect in 41 innings, while not giving up a run in the final 24 innings as a junior. He has a career record of 28-1 for Blackhawk.

The streak is the third longest in the history of high school baseball. The second-longest streak is 72.1 innings by Mike Halperin of Naples, Fla., while Joey Porter of Natchez, Miss., set the current record of 80 consecutive scoreless innings in 1970.

The 6-foot-3, 220-pound McKay is expected to be picked in the June 5 MLB Draft but it's uncertain what round.

McKay told the Pittsburgh Tribune last week he was uncertain about his future.

"It's going to come down to what I feel is best for me and what my family feels is best," he said. "We've thrown around some numbers, but (our minimum amount) hasn't been finalized yet."

U of L coach Dan McDonnell made a recent visit to see McKay.

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