Kyle Funkhouser is back.
The University of Louisville senior All-American pitcher had struggled a bit earlier in the season but picked up his second consecutive victory - in his fourth consecutive solid outing - on Saturday as the Cardinals swept St. John's.
U of L won 8-4 and 6-5 on Friday night and then Funkhouser allowed just for hits in seven innings as the Cardinals picked up a ninth shutout on the season in a 4-0 win over the Red Storm. U of L is now 35-9 on the season, only the second team in the country to reach the 35-win plateau on the season following Florida (37).
"We feel really good about where he's at," U of L coach Dan McDonnell said. "He's put it all together in the last two starts. We feel like he's headed in the right direction."
Funkhouser, who struck out nine and moved his record to 5-3, started out as the Friday night starter for the Cardinals. He was 3-3 in his first six starts of the season and had a 4.89 ERA.
McDonnell moved him to the Sunday role and he's 2-1 in five starts. He beat Virginia Tech before losing to Florida State. He didn't get a decision against Clemson but earned a win over Boston College and now St. John's.
"I just try and get better every week," Funkhouser said. "Last year, I let one thing affect the next, affect the next and the next. I think growing up, I have learned to put things behind me. I feel like I've gotten better.
"It's one of those things, I just have to keep working. I have to prepare and just try and do things right."
Funkhouser is the all-time leader in wins (31) at U of L, while also leading the school's all-time strikeouts listing with 345. He was a first-round draft pick last year by the Dodgers but opted to make a return.
On Saturday, Funkhouser pitched in front of around 25 pro scouts. His 104th - and final pitch - ended the seventh inning and was 96 MPH.
***Corey Ray had two solo home runs, while Danny Rosenbaum added a solo shot during the series. Nick Solak returned from injury and went 4-for-11 with three runs scored and an RBI.
Brendan McKay had two RBIs, while Devin Hairston had four hits and five RBIs on the weekend.
***Louisville will host Cincinnati on Tuesday at 6 o'clock in a midweek game. The Cardinals will play next weekend at North Carolina and then travel to Vanderbilt for a May 10 midweeek game.