OMAHA, Neb. — On a day where all eyes were on national player of the year Brendan McKay in his College World Series debut, the two relievers he handed the ball off to shined the brightest in Louisville’s victory over Texas A&M.

The Cardinals jumped out to a 5-0 lead in the second inning before McKay ran into trouble in the fifth, allowing two runs on three straight hard hits that shrunk the Cardinals’ lead to one. His final line was closed at five innings pitched, eight hits allowed and four earned runs.

In came Sam Bordner, and down went the next nine Aggies batters. He paved the way for NCBWA Stopper of the Year winner Lincoln Henzman to enter in the ninth inning, who finished off Texas A&M on nine pitches.

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“I think Sam’s been the X factor, a little under the radar,” said Louisville coach Dan McDonnell, following the Cardinals’ 8-4 victory.

“Sometimes when you’re in that first out of the bullpen or middle relief role, it’s just not as sexy, you don’t get as much attention,” McDonnell continued. “But clearly Sam’s been hot all year, and we feel, we trust him.”

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