NCBWA Names McKay National Pitcher of the Month

Sophomore lefthander was 2-0 with 16 strikeouts and allowed just six hits in 14.0 scoreless innings in February

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - University of Louisville sophomore lefthander Brendan McKay was selected on Wednesday as the National Pitcher of the Month for February by the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association, while Southern Miss sophomore third baseman Taylor Braley was named National Hitter of the Month. McKay and Braley are the recipients of the first Player of the Month honors given by the NCBWA, which reviewed candidates submitted by conferences and schools.

McKay, one of the top two-way players in the nation, has been nearly untouchable to start 2016. The Darlington, Pennsylvania, native boasts a perfect 0.00 ERA in 14 innings across two starts, including a three-hit shutout at No. 21 Ole Miss on Feb. 27. McKay was named ACC Pitcher of the Week for that performance, where he struck out eight Rebels and didn’t issue a walk while extending his scoreless innings streak to 19.0, which dates back to 2015. McKay has 16 strikeouts and only four walks on the season, and has allowed just six hits in 14 innings for a .136 opponent batting average.

Founded in 1962, the NCBWA is dedicated to the advancement of college baseball. Membership is open to writers, broadcasters and publicists of the sport. For more information about the NCBWA, visit the association's official Web site, www.ncbwa.com.