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.

Photo by Cole Emery // The Louisville Cardinal 

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Louisville baseball answers the bell in CWS elimination game Wednesday, Jun 19 2019 

By Dalton Ray —

Louisville baseball (50-17, 21-9) stays alive in the College World Series with a 5-3 win over Auburn (38-28, 14-16), eliminating the Tigers. The Cardinals held off Auburn’s late surge that included five hits in the final two innings. U of L will play the loser of Vanderbilt and Mississippi State Thursday, June 20.

The game entered a weather delay that postponed play from 2:55 p.m. Tuesday to 11:06 a.m. Wednesday.

Junior Bobby Miller (8-1, 3.91 ERA) recorded the win, striking out three and giving up five hits in his 4.0 innings. Three Cardinals recorded RBIs in juniors Tyler Fitzgerald, Drew Campbell and Justin Lavey.

Fitzgerald zoned in on a fast ball and cranked a two-out home run in the first inning. In the bottom half, an error in right field and a walked batter put runners on the corners. Miller closed out the threat by fielding a liner ripped at the mound.

Auburn jumped on the scoreboard in the second inning following a one-out ground out, scoring the runner from third base.

In the bottom of the third inning with two outs and a runner on second base, Auburn’s Steven Williams dropped one in shallow right. Campbell fielded the ball then sniped Will Holland at home plate to prevent the go-ahead run and end the inning.

The Cardinals loaded the bases on the north side of the fourth inning, causing Auburn to change pitchers as the rain picked up pace. Auburn’s new pitcher Elliott Anderson walked Campbell on five pitches, giving U of L a 2-1 lead. Sophomore Lucas Dunn dribbled a ball to short stop and a fielding error led to a pair of Louisville runs.

Campbell added clip to his highlight reel, ending the fourth inning on a diving catch. Following the catch, the game entered a rain delay.

Junior Adam Elliot (2-2, 2.64 ERA) replaced Miller and recorded three strikeouts in his 2.0 innings of work.

Louisville’s standout junior closer Michael McAvene (seven saves, 2.67 ERA) entered and allowed a two-out RBI, but closed the seventh inning with a strikeout.

The Cards plated another run in the eighth inning, pushing their lead back to three runs. The two-out drama continued for McAvene, allowing three singles to load the bases. The Chicago Cubs’ third round selection dialed up another breaking ball on the outside of the plate, icing the scoring threat.

Sophomore Michael Kirian replaced McAvene and gave up a solo shot to center. Kirian rebounded with a strikeout to end the game and stranding an Auburn runner.

U of L has dropped both games against Vanderbilt during the 2019 campaign. Louisville is 1-1 all time against Mississippi State, last playing in 2007.

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No. 7 Louisville baseball defeated by No.2 Vanderbilt in first round of CWS Sunday, Jun 16 2019 

By Gabriel Wiest —

Omaha,Ne. — Seventh-ranked Louisville baseball (49-17) fell to No.2 Vanderbilt (55-11) 3-1 in the first round of the College World Series. Louisville must win the next two games to stay in Omaha.

ACC Pitcher of the year Reid Detmers’ first pitch in the bottom of the first inning resulted in a home run from Austin Martin for the Commodores.

Louisville picked up steam in the top of the fifth inning with a run by junior Justin Lavey made possible by a single down the middle by freshmen Henry Davis.

Sophomore Bryan Hoeing relieved Detmers in the bottom of the sixth inning. Detmers left the game with an ERA of 2.79, shutting out Vanderbilt for four innings.

Vanderbilt’s Martin hit a home run to give the Commodores a 3-1 lead in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Louisville struck out the last two innings of the game.

While this game puts Louisville in the losers bracket, there is still a chance for Louisville to show up in the World Series.

The Cardinals have faced double elimination already in the post-season when they lost to Illinois State in the Regionals.

Louisville plays again June 18. The Cardinals will play either Mississippi State or Auburn.

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