Due to inclement weather in the forecast this weekend, Louisville baseball had their third doubleheader of the season against Wake Forest. Louisville was successful again, taking both games on Friday.
Detmers Deals Ten Strikeouts in Game One Victory
Game one of the Louisville v. Wake Forest doubleheader ended with a 6-1 victory for the Cardinals.
A pair of RBI extra-base hits in the first two innings allowed Louisville to jump to an early 4-0 lead after two innings. Danny Oriente drilled a double to left center that ended up bringing home Logan Wyatt and Trey Leonard in the first inning. Tyler Fitzgerald brought in two more runs on his RBI triple in the following inning, allowing Leonard and Justin Lavey to reach home safely.
In the fourth inning, Wake Forest’s Bobby Seymour landed an RBI single that scored the only run for the Demon Deacons. Wake Forest managed to get quality production in the 1-through-4 batters in their lineup, combining for 6-for-16 between Jake Mueller and Patrick Frick (1-for-4 each), as well as Chris Lanzilli and Bobby Seymour (2-for-4 each). However, the 5-through-9 spot did not see as much success, going a combined 1-for-17 with nine strikeouts.
Louisville would bookend the first game of the doubleheader with two insurance runs in the bottom of the eighth. Henry Davis had an RBI single that scored Lucas Dunn, then Justin Lavey sent Davis home on an RBI single of his own.
The Cardinals recorded six runs on ten hits, most of it coming from the bottom half of Louisville’s batting order. Danny Oriente finished 2-for-4 with two RBIs, both hits going for doubles. Henry Davis and Justin Lavey also contributed from the bottom of the order, both finishing 2-for-4 with an RBI. Alex Binelas was 1-for-3 as the sixth batter in the lineup, giving the Cardinals a 7-for-17 line from batters five-through-nine.
As usual this season, Reid Detmers was reliable and kept the Wake Forest offense at bay for most of the game. He finished with one earned run on 7.1 innings pitched, striking out ten Wake Forest batters. His performance marked the fifth time in seven starts this season that the sophomore has recorded double-digit strikeouts.
Michael McAvene closed the game with his second save of the season, throwing 1.2 shutout innings.
Five Run Seventh Inning Leads to Comeback Win in Game Two
Louisville fell behind early to Wake Forest, trailing 4-0 after three innings. But a 9-1 stretch from the fourth to the seventh innings boosted the Cardinals (21-6, 8-3 ACC) to a 10-6 win in game two against the Demon Deacons (15-13, 5-6).
The second game of the doubleheader was a different story for both Louisville and Wake Forest. After the first couple of innings were relatively quiet, Wake Forest came out with four runs in the top of the third inning.
Michael Turconi drove in an RBI single for the first run of the third inning. Patrick Frick then added two more via RBI double to left-center field, scoring both Turconi and DJ Poteet. Bobby Seymour’s RBI single down the middle brought Frick home, closing the third with a 4-0 Wake Forest lead.
Louisville’s bottom third inning yielded no runs for the Cardinals, but they did get two runs in the fourth. Logan Wyatt got the Cardinals on the board with an RBI double that just sailed over the centerfielder’s glove, later scoring another run on a passed ball.
Chris Lanzilli’s solo homer in the top of the fifth extended Wake Forest’s lead to 5-2. The Cardinals got another run in the fifth inning on a solo homer from Justin Lavey. Jared Poland’s RBI single in the following inning through the right side closed the Louisville deficit to just 5-4.
Now within striking distance, Louisville took the lead in the seventh inning, and proceeded to blow the doors open doing so. Tyler Fitzgerald drove in the go-ahead runs on an RBI double, bringing home Trey Leonard and Justin Lavey. Jake Snider and Danny Oriente both had RBI groundouts that brought in runs, with Logan Wyatt also delivering a massive solo homer to right field.
Wake got a run in the top of the eighth, coming on an RBI single from designated hitter Shane Muntz. However, Henry Davis dropped an RBI single to shallow right field that put Louisville into double-digit runs territory.
Wake Forest had a chance to rally and tie the game in the ninth. Bobby Seymour drilled an RBI single up the middle to close the lead to 10-7. The Deacons had the game-tying run at the plate, but the Cards closed it on a flyout to right field.
Louisville’s offensive rally was keyed by strong performances from Justin Lavey and Logan Wyatt. Both had home runs during game two, with Wyatt finishing 2-for-4. Tyler Fitzgerald also had a multi-hit game, finishing 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a double. Jared Poland and Justin Lavey both finished 1-for-3 with an RBI, the latter adding two runs to his stat total.
Once again, the top of Wake Forest’s batting order had a productive outing in game two of the series. Wake Forest’s top four batters (Turconi, Frick, Lanzilli, & Seymour) combined for 7-of-18, accounting for six RBIs, one double (Frick), and one home run (Lanzilli). Bobby Seymour finished 3-for-5 with two RBIs individually. Patrick Frick was 2-for-5 with two RBIs and a double.
Up Next: Louisville will look to close the weekend with a sweep of Wake Forest, starting at 1 p.m. on Sunday.