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 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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