University of Louisville freshman Kade McClure threw five scoreless innings in his first career start and four players enjoyed multi-hit outings as the 12th-ranked Cardinals eased past visiting Butler in their home opener on Tuesday afternoon.
McClure, an imposing 6-foot-7 righty, gave up just three hits and struck out four to secure his first career win. Sutton Whiting, Corey Ray, Nick Solak and Will Smith each fueled a Louisville offense that totaled 10 hits in the win.
Whiting, who entered the game as the team's leading hitter, improved his season batting average to .500 after a perfect 3-for-3 outing. The senior also stole a pair of bases, giving him five on the season. Solak and Ray drove in three runs each on a pair of hits, while Smith connected twice and scored twice.
Cardinal Authority was on hand for the home opener and has post-game reaction for head coach Dan McDonnell and select players.
The Cardinals (4-3) return to the diamond on Wednesday afternoon when they host Eastern Kentucky at Jim Patterson Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 3:00p.m. and admission is free.