If sophomore righty Kade McClure wasn’t turning heads yet, consider them turned now. A week removed from downing perennial powerhouse Vanderbilt on the road, Kade capped off his perfect season against Indiana in the homecoming of former assistant (and current Indiana head coach) Chris Lemonis.
Kade, in only six innings of work, struck out 10 batters. The strikeout pitch was certainly working as he rolled through the first four innings unscathed, only surrendering two runs in the top of the 5th to break the 0-0 deadlock. He pitched the sixth as well, but that was the last of the mound he would see in the game.
Louisville’s bats took uncomfortably long to awaken, but with their awakening came the sweet sound of silence from a few obnoxious traveling fans. The Cards answered in the bottom of the sixth, dropping an eight spot on the Hoosiers, sucking the life out of the Hoosiers’ players and fans alike. It started with a simple RBI single from Devin Hairston, and for Indiana it was all downhill from there. It was followed by a two run double from Danny Rosenbaum and a subsequent IU call to the pen. The next pitcher had little success, surrendering several more runs on a Corey Ray RBI base hit, Will Smith sac fly, a Nick Solak RBI single that was also his second hit of the inning and a Brendan McKay double plating two more. Through six, the Cards led 8-2, and with McClure having pitched the top half, he was in line for his team best 11th win of the season.
Shane Hummel was called upon to hold the lead, and through two innings of work he retired all six faced, striking out one. Before closing out the game, Devin Hairston drove in another run to balloon the lead one more to 9-2. In the ninth, Sean Leland came in to seal the deal, and he faced four and retired the Hoosiers to end the home regular season for the Cards with a record of 33-1. In total, their record improved to 43-10 (18-8 ACC).
Louisville Baseball is back in action for the final weekend series of the regular season on Thursday, Friday and Saturday against Wake Forest in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. All three games will air on the WatchESPN app.