Led by the arm of sophomore Brendan McKay the Cardinals evened the series in front of over 10,000 fans at Swayze Field in Oxford Saturday afternoon.
McKay put on the best show of his already illustrious career going the full nine innings, striking out eight Rebel batters while only allowing three hits and not giving up any free bases on walks. It marks the first time in Mckay's collegiate career that he has gone the whole way and the ninth time that McKay has struck out eight or more of the batters he faced.
Every batter in the lineup recorded a hit for the Cards, with junior Danny Rosenbaum tallying a single and two RBI while scoring a run. The game entered the sixth inning scoreless and the Cards were able to strike first on an RBI ground out by Rosenbaum to score Nick Solak. The eight inning but the nail in the coffin as the Cards got a lead off single from Solak, double from McKay, RBI single from Rosenbaum, RBI grounder from Blake Tiberi and and RBI single from Colby Fitch.
The Cards, who have not lost a road series since 2014 will look to steal the series Sunday afternoon at 2:30. The game will be televised by the SEC Network+ which is available to Time Warner customers through the WatchESPN app.