Baseball loses home opener against Wright State Sunday, Feb 23 2020 

By Cole Emery–

The No. 1 Cardinals suffered a 10-3 loss against Wright State Feb. 19 in their home opener at Jim Patterson Stadium.

This marked the first time Louisville lost three straight games since 2017. 

The Cardinals were without junior Lucas Dunn and sophomore Alex Binelas during the contest due to injuries. 

Wright State jumped out to an early lead and scored twice in the top of the first inning thanks to redshirt sophomore Damon Dues and redshirt junior Quincy Hamilton hitting two-strike singles. Redshirt sophomore Gehrig Anglin brought the base runners home with a two-out, two-strike triple before the Cardinals turned the side.

Dues and Hamilton extended Wright State’s lead further in the top of the second with two more RBIs.

Louisville freshman Michael Prosecky pitched the first four innings for the Cardinals and allowed six hits, four earned runs and struck out four against 18 batters faced.

The Cards cut into the lead in the bottom of the second with a two-run double by sophomore Tim Borden. This marked the closest deficit for the Cardinals during the contest.

The Raiders added two more runs in the fifth inning after Anglin’s fielder’s choice brought home the first runner.

Redshirt sophomore Justin McConnell drove in sophomore Tyler Black with a two-out single to left-center field.

Louisville scored only one more time in the seventh inning thanks to a wild pitch.

Louisville’s pitching led in strikeouts and walked less batters but Wright State had the hot bat during the contest. The Raiders out-hit the Cardinals 16 to five. 

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U of L baseball honored with three All-Americans Wednesday, Feb 5 2020 

By John McCarthy —

Not only are the Cardinals No. 1 in the preseason baseball polls, but three players were named to the Division-1 baseball preseason all-american teams Jan. 21.

Junior Reid Detmers received first team selection honors. Junior Michael Kirian and sophomore Alex Binelas received second team selection honors.

Junior Danny Oriente set the tone for the 2020 Louisville Cardinals at their open media practice Jan. 24. Oriente said, “The vibe is great just to see everybody out here having fun. It’s just great to be back.” 

Detmers fanned batters throughout the 2019 season, rounding out with a 13-4 record from the mound. He finished with a 2.78 earned run average in 113 innings pitched. Detmers set Louisville’s single-season strikeout record with 167. He also tied the program record for wins accumulated in a season. 

When a tight-game situation was at hand, the Cardinals called Kirian from the bullpen to be the pitcher. Kirian made a team-high 26 relief appearances. He closed with five saves and a team-leading average 1.69 earned run average in 32 innings. 

Binelas slugged for 14 home runs, 59 runs batted in and a batting average of .291 in the 2019 season.

The Cardinals were one of three teams named for having at least three players selected to the preseason all-american list. 

In 2019, Detmers earned all-american recognition by six different platforms, receiving the Golden Spikes Award and Dick Howser semifinalist award. Binelas became the first U of L freshman since Chris Dominguez in 2007 to hit 10 home runs in a season. Kirian recorded the final three outs against East Carolina to send the Cardinals to the College World Series and earned the save in the Cardinals’ victory over Auburn in Omaha.

But the Cardinals are not just a Cerberus attack. There are a number of key contributors for Louisville that plan to show up each and every night to ensure a Cardinals win. 

Junior Justin Lavey, who received recognition for 2019 All-ACC third team, played in all 69 games in 2019. He matched his career-highs for home runs and runs batted in. He also has the power of the barrel as well. Lavey was flawless in the 2019 World Series against Vanderbilt going 3-3 with a trio of doubles.

Lavey said, “We just take it day by day, we don’t change a thing. We play our baseball, we practice hard, we practice like every game is a playoff game.”

Expect much of the same hustle in 2020 seen from the 2019 Cardinals on the diamond. 

Another star to keep an eye out for in 2020 is junior Tyler Fitzgerald. The San Francisco Giants selected him in the fourth round of the 2019 Major League Baseball Draft. He smacked the ball for a .315 batting average with eight home runs in 2019. Fitzgerald led all Cardinals in 2019 with 65 runs batted in and 84 total hits. 

Louisville’s season opener will begin with a three-game series against Ole Miss starting Feb. 14. The Cardinals’ first home game will be against Wright State Feb. 19 at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Photo by Cole Emery // The Louisville Cardinal 

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