Luke Smith is returning for one final season at Louisville. The right-handed pitcher made his announcement via twitter shortly after lunchtime today.
Smith was part of the weekend rotation last season and made four starts before the season stopped. He went 3-0 with a 3.42 ERA with 18 strikeouts in 23.2 innings. His career ERA at Louisville is 4.03 with nine wins and 71 strikeouts.
Smith's return gives the Cards one of their three weekend rotation guys after Reid Detmers and Bobby Miller were taken in the MLB Draft. He will provide a mentoring role to other pitchers on the team.
The senior became well known during the post-season after going 8.1 innings against Illinois State in the 2019 NCAA Regional and then in the College World Series against Vanderbilt when was animated and energetic.
Adam Elliott announced on twitter that he will be returning to Louisville Baseball for another season. The left-handed pitcher made the decision after several days of discussion with his family and coaches.
Elliott made seven appearances during the 2020 season and boasted a 0.87 ERA with 14 strikeouts in 10.1 innings. His career ERA is now 1.88, placing him third all-time at Louisville. The senior also has six career wins.
Coach McDonnell was hopeful of Elliott's return during a teleconference prior to the MLB Draft. With Reid Detmers and Bobby Miller both being drafted, more leadership and responsibility will fall on Elliott's shoulders.
Zach Britton was selected by the Toronto Bluejays with the 136th overall pick of the MLB Draft. Britton is the third Louisville player taken in the draft.
Britton played three seasons at Louisville and appeared in 110 games. Britton saw some time as catcher but split a majority of his time between outfield and designated hitter. He started all 17 games of the 2020 season and led Division 1 with 11 doubles.
Britton retires his career as a Cardinal with high marks in several categories. The left-handed batter finished with a .280 batting average, 24 doubles, seven home runs, and 60 RBIs.
With Britton taken in the draft, it continues the streak of at least three Cardinals taken in the draft in every year of Coach Dan MCDonnell's 14 year tenure.
Bobby Miller was taken with the 29th pick in the first round of the MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Dodgers. Miller is the eighth Cardinal taken in the first round and the second of the 2020 draft, 19 picks behind Reid Detmers.
Miller was 2-0 in 2020 before the season was cut short due to COVID-19. He carried a low 2.31 ERA with 34 strikeouts in his four appearances. Miller finishes his career at Louisville with an impressive 15-2 record with 175 strikeouts.
The Dodgers have a recent history of taking Louisville players. They selected Kyle Funkhouser in the first round of the 2015 draft and Will Smith in the first round of the 2016 draft.
The lefty grew up being a fan of the Dodgers and visited their stadium as a child. If he had to choose a team to play for it was the Dodgers.
Louisville pitcher Reid Detmers was taken with the 10th pick in the first round of the MLB Draft by the Los Angeles Angels. Detmers is the seventh Cardinal to be taken in the first round. The lefty is the third highest pick in program history.
Detmers was 3-0 on the 2020 season before it was cut short by COVID-19. He finishes with fourth all-time at Louisville with 284 strikeouts. His 20 career victories is tied for ninth in program history.
The Angels have been following Detmers since before he stepped foot on campus and were prepared to take him if he was on the board with the 10th pick. They remained in contact with him by text and video chat during the pandemic. The Angels are confident in Detmers, and hope he will be in the majors within a year.
By -- Brad McGuffin
Photo Credit -- Jarred Anderson
Michael Proseckey had his best start of his freshman campaign as he went six innings, two hits, 0 earned runs, only two walks, and four strikeouts. Proseckey was perfect through four innings and the offense gave him an early lead highlighted by a Henry Davis three run home run in the second inning that was followed up by a Justin Lavey home run as Louisville cruised to a 13-2 victory giving Proseckey his first career win.
After a quick first inning, Louisville wasted no time scoring in the second. With two on and no one out, Henry Davis would blast a three run home run to left field. Justin Lavey followed up on the very next pitch giving Louisville and early 4-0 lead.
In the fourth inning Tim Borden II came up with the bases loaded and singled home Davis and Levi Usher. Next up was Luke Brown who would single home Lavey and Borden. Back to back sac fly's from Oriente and Bianco would bring home Andrew Benefield and Brown to cap off a six run inning giving the Cards a 10-0 lead.
The Cards would tack on three more runs in the sixth and seventh inning with sac fly's from Bianco, Benefield and Oriente pushing the lead to 13-0.
Chicago State scored two runs in the eighth on a single and a ground out to get the Cougars on the board.
It was another big day at the plate for Louisville as the Cards cruised to their 12th win of the year. Game two of the series is set for 12 PM Wednesday at Jim Patterson Stadium.
By -- Brad McGuffin
Photo Credit -- Jarred Anderson
After falling in the second game of the series on a walk off home run in the bottom of the ninth inning last night, Louisville needed to regroup and find a way to take the series and it did just that winning 14-3. As Luke Smith had arguably his best performance of the year with 6 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 1 BB, 5 K's. The Cards were able to jump out to an early 11-0 lead in the fifth inning. Louisville brought the bats Sunday in the rubber game of the series, pounding out 14 runs on 14 hits.
In the second inning with two outs and two aboard for the Cards Justin Lavey singled home Levi Usher and Danny Oriente giving the Cards an early 2-0 lead.
Luke Brown started the third inning with a bunt single and would advance to second due to a balk on Wake Forest stating pitcher William Fleming. With one out Zach Britton hit a ground rule double into right bringing home Brown. Then with two outs, Usher would double home Britton making it 4-0.
The scoring in the fifth inning for Louisville started when Britton doubled home Brown and Metzinger was sent to third, then Wake intentionally walked Oriente to bring up Usher who would single home Metzinger. With the bases loaded, Henry Davis singled home Britton and Oriente. Lavey would come up with the based loaded and ground into a double play however Usher would score on the play and Davis was sent to third. Then with Two outs Jared Poland hit a two run home run that would cap off the inning giving Louisville an 11-0 lead.
Wake Forest would get on the board with a solo home run from DJ poteet in the bottom of the sixth.
Henry Davis would get the run back for Louisville with a solo home run in the seventh, however that wouldnt be all for the Cards as Andrew Benefield would pinch hit for Metzinger with two outs and double home Poland and Lavey making it 14-1 Cards.
Wake would add two runs in the bottom of the seventh.
Louisville heads home for a two game series in the midweek against Chicago State.
By -- Brad McGuffin
Photo Credit-- Jarred Anderson
The story of the night was Reid Detmers as he had 15 Strikeouts through six complete innings. Louisville scored three runs in the second inning and one if the seventh to get the 4-1 win and start conference play off to the 1-0.
The scoring for Louisville started in the second inning when Justin Lavey singled home Henry Davis. Next was Jared Poland who would bring home Lavey with a one out double. Then Ben Metzinger would reach on an error, then on a throwing error would advance to second and Poland would come around to score.
Then in the seventh inning Louisville would add a run with a one out single from Danny Oriente that would bring home Luke Brown.
Wake Forest would respond in the bottom of the seventh with a two out single from Michael Turconi.
Game two of the series is set for Saturday at 4 PM.
--by Jared Anderson
--photo by Jared Anderson
Louisville used a 10-run second inning and a five-run fourth inning to roll by Morehead State, 16-3. The win marks eight straight victories for Louisville (9-3).
Louisville tied its season high with 16 runs and posted a season-best 20 hits on the day.
The second inning featured 15 batters, nearly allowing the Cards to bat through the lineup twice. Levi Usher and Henry Davis started the rally with back-to-back home runs and Louisville kept their foot on the gas to take the 10-0 lead.
Louisville batted the lineup in the fourth inning and produced a five-piece, all with two outs. The inning was highlighted by Ben Metzinger's home run.
Cameron Masterman sent a 1-1 pitch over the right field wall in the seventh inning for his first of the year as Louisville increased the lead to 16-0.
A three-run home run in the eighth inning with two outs put the Eagles on the board, but they would not score after that.
Six pitchers saw the mound for the Cards with each pitching at least one full inning. Tanner Kuehner (1-1) took the win after throwing three shutout innings to start the game. The bullpen combined for 12 strikeouts while allowing five hits.
The Cards travel to Wake Forest over the weekend for their first ACC series of the year. The Demon Deacons come into the weekend with an 8-5 record.
By-- Brad McGuffin
Photo Credit -- Jarred Anderson
Bobby Miller had another great outing for Louisville on Saturday afternoon as he recorded eight more strikeouts on just three hits and no earned runs as Louisville cruised to a 9-1 win to take the series.
In the third inning Louisville got every break possible as the Cards scored six runs on four Western Michigan errors, All six runs in the inning were unearned. The scoring started when Danny Oriente came up with the bases loaded with two outs and grounded to shortstop however the ball was bobbled allowing Dalton Rushing to score the first run of the game. Following Oriente was Zach Britton who brought home Luke Brown and Tim Borden II on a dropped pop up in shallow center field. After Britton was Henry Davis who would drive one deep to left, it was also dropped and that allowed Oriente and Britton to score. When Levi Usher was up there was a pass ball that would allow Davis to score from second base.
Western Michigan added an unearned run in the top of the fourth inning on a ground out.
In the fourth inning Louisville added three more runs when Oriente had a a bases clearing double down the left field line giving the Cards a 9-1 lead.
The Louisville pitching staff was dominate again as the Cards take the series against Western Michigan.
Game three of the series is set for Sunday at 1 PM at Jim Patterson Stadium.