Freshman Nick Bennett was pressed into a tough spot - a Friday night start.
But the freshman from Cincinnati didn't fret, tossing a one-hit shutout over six innings to help lead the University of Louisville baseball team to a 13-0 blowout win over Eastern Michigan.
“It didn’t surprise us how well he through and we believed he would give us a quality start," U of L coach Dan McDonnell said after the game. "It just happened to be on a Friday night."
Bennett, who had pitched twice out of the bullpen this season, was slatted to pitch one of the midweek games next week but had to be pressed into service because of a minor injury to Brendan McKay. The U of L All-American was held out of Friday’s game with a minor abdominal strain.
Sam Bordner pitched two innings of no-hit ball, while Shay Smiddy pitched a hitless ninth inning to end it.
U of L is now 9-0 on the season.
Five different Louisville players had at least two hits with Drew Ellis and Tyler Fitzgerald coming up with three apiece. Ellis scored two runs and had an RBI, while Fitzgerald scored a run and had an RBI.
Colin Lyman and Logan Taylor had two hits and two RBIs apiece.