Two Cardinals Selected in First Round of 2020 MLB Draft Thursday, Jun 11 2020 

By John McCarthy —

It was an exciting first night of the 2020 MLB Draft for U of L baseball and its fanbase. Cardinals fans watched as pitchers Reid Detmers and Bobby Miller where selected in the first round on June 10. Detmers was selected 10th overall by the Los Angeles Angels. Miller was selected later in the first round by the Los Angeles Dodgers with the 29th pick. Louisville was the only team in the country to have two players chosen in the first round.

Detmers was ecstatic after being selected by the Angels at number ten. Following his selection, Detmers had a few thoughts on his plans in Los Angeles, “I think I’m gonna move pretty quickly. I think I’ll get going, and have a good feeling right off the bat,” said Detmers during his draft telecast on ESPN. Detmers has a low to mid- 90s fastball and a devastating curveball, both of which could help him move up quickly in the Angels organization. Detmers was (3-0) during Louisville’s shortened 2020 season. He threw for a 1.23 earned run average and accumulated 48 strikeouts in just 22 innings.

Miller will be joining Detmers in Los Angeles but will be playing for the cross-town rival Los Angeles Dodgers. Miller will have the opportunity to learn from MLB veteran and potential Hall of Famers Clayton Kershaw and David Price while moving up in the Dodgers organization.  Miller pitched fantastic during his 2020 campaign. He gathered 34 strikeouts in 23.1 innings and was (2-0) before the season was canceled.

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Louisville Baseball’s Danny Oriente selected to CoSIDA Academic All-District Team Monday, May 18 2020 

By John McCarthy–

Danny Oriente of the U of L baseball team was awarded a position on the 2020 CoSIDA Academic All-District team on May 14. The former right fielder for the Cardinals completed his undergraduate degree this spring with a focus on sports administration. Oriente turned in a stellar 3.56-grade point average during his final semester at U of L.

Oriente’s effort towards academics mirrored his talents on the baseball diamond. The graduate was in the starting lineup for the Cardinals for three of his four years at U of L. Oriente always had an eye for the baseball, maintaining a .324 batting average throughout his 137-game collegiate career. His most notable moment with the bat was in the Cardinals’ 2019 playoff push when Oriente slugged for a .332 batting average to lead Louisville to the College World Series. Oriente was off to an excellent start in his final season at U of L. He connected for 16 runs batted in during the Cardinals 2020 campaign before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

CoSIDA, or College Sports Information Directors of America, focuses on the development of sports organizations at all levels. Their awards range from scholarships and grants to recognitions such as the nomination Oriente is receiving. CoSIDA recognizes the country’s best collegiate student-athletes for their perseverance in academics and athletics. Honorees for first-team All-District will move onto the CoSIDA Academic All-America ballot. Honorees for the Academic All-American team will be announced on Jun. 8 through Jun. 11.

Oriente was the first Cardinals baseball player to be named to the CoSIDA Academic All-District team since Colby Fitch back in 2017. Oriente is U of L baseball’s fifth nominee since the 2002 season.

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Baseball sweeps Valparaiso in home opening series Sunday, Feb 23 2020 

By Cole Emery —

Louisville swept Valparaiso in their home opening series at Jim Patterson Stadium Feb. 21-23.

Game 3

Louisville defeated Valpo 14-10 in the final game of their series.

The Crusaders scored the first two runs of the game thanks to an error from the Cards and a homerun to left field by freshman Nolan Tucker.

The Cards answered in the bottom of the second inning with back-to-back single RBIs from senior Justin Lavey and sophomore Jared Poland. Later in the bottom of the third inning, sophomore Ben Metzinger scored off senior Danny Oriente’s sacrifice fly.

After Valpo brought a new pitcher in to start the fourth inning, the speedy sophomore Levi Usher scored from first base thanks to a Poland double to left field. This run gave the Cards their first lead of the game at 4-3.

In the bottom of the fifth, the Cards scored two more runs thanks to RBI singles from Oriente and sophomore Henry Davis, but left two runners in scoring position to finish the inning.

After Valpo hit a two-run single in the top of the sixth, freshman Evan Webster came in to relieve senior Luke Smith from his pitching duties. Webster walked the first batter he faced and loaded the bases, but struck out the next two batters to retire the side.

Smith allowed nine hits, four earned runs and struck out one batter for the contest.

The Cardinals went through their entire lineup and scored six runs in the bottom of the sixth to secure a 12-5 lead over Valpo.

Two more runs for the Cards in the bottom of the seventh gave them a comfortable 14-5 lead. The Crusaders scored five more runs in the final two innings, but Louisville was able to hold off for the victory.

Game 2

In their second game of the series, Louisville defeated Valpo 6-1. 

Junior Bobby Miller (1-0) continued Louisville’s dominant pitching. He struck out 12 batters and gave up one run during his six innings on the mound. Junior Michael Kirian achieved his third save of the season with the final two outs.

Valparaiso scored the first run of the game with a blooper into centerfield in the fourth inning.

The Cards responded in the fifth inning with three runs of their own. Lavey started the inning off with a leadoff triple and scored the tying run thanks to a double from sophomore Tim Borden II. After junior Luke Brown reached on a bunt single, Metzinger bounced a single up the middle and brought both baserunners in for the score. 

Louisville scored three more runs in the eighth inning thanks to a throwing error by the Crusaders.

Usher stole four bases during the contest, tying the Jim Patterson Stadium record for the most by a Louisville player since 1999.

Game 1

Louisville won the first game 3-0 against Valparaiso.  

A dominant pitching performance from the Cards resulted in 22 strikeouts during the contest. This marked a Jim Patterson Stadium record and the most in a nine-inning game for the Cards since 1999. 

Junior Reid Detmers (2-0) retired the first nine batters in order with eight strikeouts. He finished the game with 14 strikeouts, allowed three hits and no earned runs in six innings pitched.

In the second inning, Davis knocked a double inside the third base line. Lavey brought him home with a sacrifice fly to give the Cards a 1-0 lead. 

Junior Ben Bianco cranked a 1-1 pitch over the left field wall in the sixth inning for a two-run homer, putting the Cardinals up 3-0. 

Strong relief pitching allowed the Cards to cruise for the victory as juniors Glenn Albanese and Kirian struck out eight of the last 10 batters.

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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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Baseball defeats Ole Miss in season opener Thursday, Feb 20 2020 

By Cole Emery–

The top-ranked Cardinals defeated the No. 18 Ole Miss Rebels 7-2 Fri. Feb. 14 at Swayze Field.

Louisville (1-0, 0-0), had their deepest run in postseason in program history last season and brought six players back who started at least 30 games.

The game started out slow, without a single run for either team until the fifth inning. Junior Reid Detmers (1-0) allowed just one run and struck out nine in his first five innings this season. Senior Adam Elliott helped hold off the Rebels for two innings then junior Michael Kirian closed the door on Ole Miss (0-1, 0-0) to secure the save.

Both teams struggled to bring runs in with runners in scoring position early on in the game. Louisville loaded up the bases in the first inning, but came away without a run. The Rebels matched the inning by getting two runners in scoring position, but Detmers struck out three batters in a row to get out of the inning.

In the bottom of the fifth, Junior Anthony Servideo singled to right field allowing freshman John Rhys Plumlee to score the first of the game for Ole Miss.

This ignited a spark for the Cardinals as junior Luke Brown and senior Danny Oriente lay down two singles to start the sixth inning. After a wild pitch, both runners advanced to scoring positions. Junior Zach Britton drove the runners home with a double into the left-center field gap.

Sophomore Henry Davis backed them up with a double of his own and secured the run thanks to a ground rule double by senior Justin Lavey which broke the score open to a 4-1 lead for the Cardinals.

The Rebels obtained another run in the eighth inning, but gave up three runs in the ninth inning to the Cardinals.


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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.

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Mack snags recruits, expanding Louisville’s strength Sunday, Nov 17 2019 

By Luke Graham–

Coach Chris Mack is working on following up his No. 12 2019 recruiting class with three signings early in the season.

The trio brought in is made up of 6’5 guard forward D’Andre Davis, 6’6 junior college prospect Jay Scrubb and 6’8 forward JJ Traynor.

Davis committed to the Cards from Lawrence Central High School in Indianapolis, Ind. He is ranked 93rd nationally and No. 2 in Indiana according to 247 Sports. He is an average 17 point scorer along with a good rebounder. He is also a good two-way player and will likely fill the role of Dwayne Sutton who can guard any position.

Traynor is a local from Bardstown, Kentucky. A 4-star prospect who is ranked 116th nationally and No. 1 in Kentucky according to 247 sports. This makes year two-for-two that Coach Mack has taken the top player in Kentucky after David Johnson committed last year out of Trinity High School.  While this is the most raw talent the Cards are bringing in thus far, he has a chance to be impressive on both ends of the court.

Last but not least, junior college transfer Scrubb from John A. Logan College in Carterville, Ill. Scrubb is returning to the city after he attended Trinity High School.

While the last name may be misleading, he is in fact, no scrub. In his freshman year, he averaged 19 points along with eight rebounds and shooting 54 percent from the field and adding 46 percent from three.  He will bring in his talents as well as his experience and leadership, already having college play experience.

All three of these players are an early sign the Cards will have voids filled with the likely absence of players like Jordan Nwora and graduating players such as Steven Enoch.

These three signings are a nice addition to build off of a previous top 15 ranked recruiting class.

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Louisville Slugger Museum celebrates ‘Women in Baseball Week’ Sunday, Jul 21 2019 

The museum and factory will highlight Bloomer Girls Baseball and Jackie Mitchell, the woman who struck out Babe Ruth and Lou Gehrig.


Louisville player’s family asks for help finding jersey stolen during trip to College World Series Tuesday, Jun 25 2019 

The mother of St. X grad and UofL pitcher Adam Elliott asked for the public's help in finding her son's jersey, notably missing a 't,' after it was stolen in Omaha.


U of L Cardinals defeat Mississippi State Bulldogs in College World Series Friday, Jun 21 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest —

The Cardinals won their second straight College World Series elimination game June 20 in a walk off against Mississippi State 4-3.

Louisville will face off against Vanderbilt June 21. The Cardinals have already lost one game against the team during the tournament and are facing elimination if they lose again.

“I’m super proud of these guys,” said head coach Dan McDonnell. “There was a lot of belief in that dugout. You could hear it in the tone and the comments and the words. They definitely felt like we had a chance. We just had to make it happen, and we were able to.”

Coming off a 5-3 win against Auburn, it was clear Louisville was not going to be eliminated without a fight.

The game started with a three-inning stalemate. Junior Nick Bennett pitched the first four innings, earning an ERA of 4.40.

At the top of the fourth the Bulldogs struck iron with two runs and no answer from the Cards.

The Bulldogs then came back with another run made at the top of the seventh inning.

Juniors Tyler Fitzgerald and Danny Oriente made the first two runs for the Cards at the bottom of the seventh. The Bulldogs did not answer the rest of the game.

In a walk off, Louisville came back in the bottom of the ninth to score two more runs to win the game, with Oriente’s second of the night, and junior Jake Snider’s first.

Oriente and junior Drew Campbell had a combined four at-bats, four hits and three RBI’s opening up the Cards for offensive plays.

“I think you can see a lot from our team in those two at-bats from Oriente and Campbell,” said McDonnell. “Those two at-bats by those guys really showed our toughness.”

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