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Louisville baseball destroys Western Kentucky, 17-0

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A year ago, the Louisville baseball team was dealt a surprising, but not overly damaging, loss by the Western Kentucky Hilltoppers. The Cards weren't about to let history repeat itself on Tuesday night in Bowling Green, and made that very clear from the outset.

Louisville outhit WKU 20-3 and reached double figures for the 10th time this season, with a 17-0 thrashing of the 'Toppers. Colby Fitch blasted a three-run home run to open the scoring, and improved his season average to a sparkling .512 for the season. Junior catcher Will Smith registered his first career four-hit performance, finishing 4-for-5 with three RBI and two runs scored for U of L, which has won its last three games by a combined score of 43-4.

Sophomore righty Kade McClure allowed just one hit over six shutout innings to pick up the midweek win and improve to 6-0 on the season.

Up next, the fourth-ranked Cards hosts ACC foe Virginia Tech for a weekend set at Jim Patterson Stadium. U of L and VT are set for Saturday and Sunday starts at 1 p.m., while the series finale is scheduled for Monday at 7 p.m., on ESPNU. The Hokies will enter the series with a 1-8 record in conference play.