U of L baseball: Super Regional notebook

Kyle McGrath

Cardinal Authority has a few notebook items from the University of Louisville's 5-3 win over Kennesaw State on Friday night in Jim Patterson Stadium. U of L is now 49-15 and game two is Saturday night at 7 o'clock.

MCGRATH GETS THE WIN

Lost in the excitement of the come-from-behind win was a solid performance from reliever Kyle McGrath in the eighth inning.

The junior from Butler High School picked up the victory to go 2-1 on the season after retiring three of four batters.

McGrath (1.38 ERA) struck out the first batter and then got Max Pentecost out when he tried to bunt and it hit him in the batters' box. After a double by Bo Way, McGrath got Chris McGown to ground out and give the Cardinals a chance.

After missing a month with an oblique injury, McGrath has been back for three weeks. It's his first win since early March.

McGrath only made 12 pitches.

BURDI GETS SAVE, 'PISSED' ABOUT DRAFT

One day after getting drafted No. 46 in the June MLB Draft by the Minnesota Twins, U of L junior reliever Nick Burdi picked up a save.

Burdi did give up a hit, but struck out two batters and then got Chris Erwin to pop up for the last out of the game.

The save was No. 33 all-time for Burdi - who leads the school's all-time list - picked up No. 17 on the season. The 17th ties former pitcher Neil Holland for the most in a single season.

Burdi them said his goal was to "dog pile" with his teammates and that "this wasn't about the draft," but did answer a draft question.

"It was an exciting moment and a lot of people have asked me if I am upset (about falling in the draft)," Burdi said. "I am not upset, I am pissed. People don't realize how much work I put in. It's an honor to get drafted by the Twins and I want them to know they are getting one of the most determined people, without a doubt, in the whole entire draft.

"I am excited to get drafted but I am more excited to get back to the College World Series. That's what I'm thinking about now."

GARDNER AND STURGEON DRAFTED

Senior left-fielder Jeff Gardner found out he was drafted during a pre-game team meeting, while outfielder/pitcher Cole Sturgeon was drafted in the bottom of the second inning.

Gardner, a Louisville native, was picked in the eighth round at pick No. 244 by the Washington Nationals. Gardner is a Louisville Slugger Second Team All-American and the American Conference Player of the Year. He is hitting .323 with nine home runs, 67 RBIs and 20 doubles.

A native of Owensboor, Ky., Sturgeon was chosen 314th overall in the 10th round by the Boston Red Sox. A three-time all-conference selection, Sturgeon started all 63 games in the outfield while also making 24 relief appearances on the mound entering Friday night. At the plate, Sturgeon hit .325 with 57 runs scored, 16 doubles and 18 stolen bases.

KAY HAS A THREE-HIT NIGHT

Junior-college transfer Grant Kay had been in a bit of a slump, his average dropping from .350 to .284 heading into the game.

But Kay has his first multiple-hit game since May 6 with a 3-for-4 effort. He had three singles and scored the game-tying run in the eighth.

Kay is now hitting .293 and has 50 runs scored in 56 games this season.

IT'S A RED OUT ON SATURDAY

The crowd was crazy and loud on Friday night and the U of L players are hoping for more from the fans on Saturday.

Game two is at 7 p.m. and the Cardinals will be having a "red out" for the contest.

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