Louisville sophomore pitcher Kade McClure has been one of many highlights to the Cardinals impressive regular season. The right-hander entered the postseason was tied for most wins in the NCAA this season with 11, doing so in 12 starts.
Taking the mound for the second-seeded Cardinals first outing in the 2016 ACC Baseball Championship, McClure struggled during the first inning. Wake Forest, which just dropped three straight to Louisville last weekend, jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead on inning hits.
After those two early runs, McClure found his rhythm, striking out two to end the first inning threat.
He added nine more strikeouts over the next four innings to establish a new career-high for the product of Mentor, Ohio. The 6-foot-7 McClure worked six innings, striking out three in the third inning and notching a pair of K's in four additional innings. Six of his victims were struck out swinging, while five were left staring at the plate when the umpire called a third strike.
His previous best was a 10 strikeout performance in a win over Indiana to finish the regular season. He had eight the week prior at Vanderbilt, giving him 29 strikeouts in his last three outings.
McClure picked up the victory, improving to 12-0 on the season.
Louisville held off a late Wake Forest rally to win 9-5 and improved to 47-10 overall.
The Cardinals will be off on Thursday, returning to Durham Bulls Athletic Park on Friday at 11a.m. to face Clemson.