After a shaky first start of the season, which saw him give up four runs on five hits in 3.2 innings of work last weekend against nationally-ranked Maryland, Kade McClure returned to his usual form on in Louisville's outing against Nebraska-Omaha on Saturday afternoon.
The Cardinals junior right-hander surrendered just one hit, while striking out nine in six innings of shutout ball in a 10-0 victory at Jim Patterson Stadium.
U of L head coach Dan McDonnell explained that McClure, who posted a 12-0 mark as a sophomore, "was chomping at the bit" to get back on the mound following his season-opening experience.
"Kade McClure set the tone today," he said. "He was just okay in his first outing against Maryland down in Florida, but he was really dominate today in those first three innings. He was effective, efficient and just attacked the strike zone that allowed us to settle in and put together something offensively."
McClure struck out six of the first seven hitters that he faced, including all three in the first inning.
"I was just trying to get back to what I was doing last year, which was put the ball in the zone and let the defense make plays," said McClure.
The Cardinals played error-free ball for the fifth time this season and were once again effective at the plate. Eight players connected for a hit - with Colby Fitch, Brendan McKay and Drew Ellis enjoying multi-hit outings - and seven notching an RBI in the team's fourth double-digit victory of the season.
Louisville, which improved to 6-0 on the season, will attempt to sweep the Mavericks on Sunday afternoon. First pitch is scheduled for noon.
Bordner makes first appearance
After being slowed by injury during preseason work, sophomore pitcher Sam Bordner made his first appearance of the young season on Saturday afternoon.
"He's been behind because of an ankle injury," McDonnell said.
The 6-foot-6 righty, who made 16 appearances as a rookie last season, was impressive in initial outing of 2017. He faced the minimum number of batters in two shotout innings of work.
"We feel like he has a chance to have a big year for us as so many of the sophomore pitchers seem to do," McDonnell said. "That was nice to see. He did the same thing Kade did, which was attack the zone."