Louisville whips WKU 17-0

BOWLING GREEN, Ky. - Sophomore Kade McClure allowed just one hit in six innings and the University of Louisville offense was rolling once again as the Cardinals tagged Western Kentucky 17-0 at Nick Denes Field. The Cardinals are now 20-5 on the season.

Kade McClure was at it again on Tuesday night.

The University of Louisville sophomore right-handed pitcher is dominating in the midweek starting role, running his record to 6-0 with a one-hit shutout in six innings during a 17-0 victory over Western Kentucky.

The Cardinals used four pitchers in all and allowed just three hits on the evening.

"The defense behind me was unreal," McClure said. "That makes it easy for me."

McClure retired the first 12 batters of the game and allowed just one hit, walked one and hit a batter as he ran his ERA to 1.64 on the season. McClure struck out five Hilltoppers on the night.

The 6-foot-7, 235-pound McClure has won all six mid-week games for the Cardinals.

McClure had a lot of help in this one as the Cardinals pounded out a season-high 20 hits. U of L has scored 43 runs in the last three games after beating defending national champion Virginia 11-4 on Saturday and 15-0 on Sunday.

Catcher Will Smith had his first career four-hit game and drove in three runs to lead the hit parade for the Cardinals. Devin Hairston had three hits, while Logan Taylor, Colby Fitch, Devin Mann, Colin Lyman and Corey Ray had two hits apiece.

Lyman drove in four runs, while Fitch drove in three and Ray added two. Hairston scored three runs.

Louisville now has six shutouts this season, including two in a row.

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