Last week, Reid Detmers threw seven shutout innings without allowing a hit in a 7-0 victory over Brown, recording a career-high 11 strikeouts in the process.
While that performance earned him ACC Pitcher of the Week honors on Monday, today’s showing may have done the same for him once again. Detmers once again tallied career highs in both strikeouts and innings pitched, retiring 14 batters over eight innings as #8 Louisville (6-3) rolled to a 5-0 shutout win over James Madison (7-2).
Dominant pitching was the story once again for Louisville, as Detmers was in command from the very beginning. The lefty struck out six of his first nine batters, showing prolific command in his change-up and 90 mph fastball. He was relentless in attacking the strike zone and keeping James Madison’s hitters off-balance, a remarkable feat considering the Dukes averaged .300 at the plate and 9.3 runs per game entering this week.
Louisville finished with 16 strikeouts, a season high for them and the seventh time this season they have recorded at least ten strikeouts as a team. Detmers is the first Louisville pitcher with back-to-back games of 10+ strikeouts since Brendan McKay accomplished it in March 2017.
While Detmers steadied the ship on the mound, Louisville got sporadic run support over time, starting in the second inning. Alex Binelas started the scoring with an RBI sac fly to shallow left field, putting the Cards ahead 1-0.
Danny Oriente RBI’s single in the following inning added on to Louisville’s lead, making it 2-0 after the first three innings. He would drive in another run when a groundball slipped past the first baseman in the fifth inning, putting them up 3-0.
Ethan Stringer drove another run in for Louisville on his fielder’s choice in the same inning, leaving the Cards with a 4-0 lead after five innings.
Louisville’s final run came in the bottom of the eighth, with Henry Davis driving in an RBI single through right field and capping it off at 5-0.
As mentioned earlier, Detmers carried the team with a dominant showcase at the mound. He carried a no-hitter into the eighth inning, but James Madison’s Kyle Novak ended the bid with a single to right field. Novak was the only JMU hitter with a hit on the team, while Kyle Hayes recorded the only walk the Dukes had.
Louisville’s Michael McAvene closed out the game with a perfect ninth inning, striking out two of three batters that he faced.
At the plate, Tyler Fitzgerald (2-for-4) and Danny Oriente (2-for-3) recorded multiple hits for Louisville. Fitzgerald also stole four bases, tying a single-game school record for the Cardinals. Oriente drove in two of Louisville’s five runs, with Alex Binelas, Ethan Stringer, and Henry Davis also recording RBIs on the day. Logan Wyatt finished 1-for-2 with two walks, and scored two of Louisville’s five runs. Davis (1-for-3), Jared Poland (1-for-1), and Lucas Dunn (1-for-5) also scored hits for the Cardinals.
Up next, Louisville will finish their series tomorrow with another doubleheader. The Cards and the Dukes start a Saturday doubleheader at noon, with Louisville starting Nick Bennett at the mound.