--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo by Jared Anderson
If you have not heard, Louisville has a good pitching staff. Especially from their Friday starter. Reid Detmers had another stellar outing; and came close to no-hitting the James Madison Dukes. He led the Cardinals to an easy 5-0 win.
The win was a great start to open a weekend series.
Detmers was stellar in his third start of 2019. He pitched seven innings of no-hit baseball, before surrendering a hit through the first and second baseman in the top of the eighth inning. Detmers finished with eight innings and gave up no runs on one hit and one walk. The hit allowed struck a 14 2/3 inning stretch of no hits for the Cardinals. He also received the shutout victory.
Louisville scored first, and in the second inning. Alex Binelas drove in Logan Wyatt on a sacrifice fly to left off of the fourth pitch.
Danny Oriente drove in a pair of runs. First, in third, he plated across Tyler Fitzgerald, on an infield single off a breaking ball on the fifth pitch of the at bat.
Oriente notched his second RBI of the night in the fifth. He reached on a fielding error, leading to Wyatt’s advance to third and Fitzgerald’s second run. Two batters later, Ethan Stringer drove in Wyatt on a fielder’s choice.
James Madison starter Kevin Kelly was pulled in the fifth inning. He went 4.1 innings, and gave up four runs, three earned, on six hits and four walks. He also struck out three. Kelly received the loss.
Michael McAvene came on to close out the game.
Louisville moves to 6-3. LHP Nick Bennett (1-0, 2.70 ERA) goes up against RHP Nick Stewart (0-1, 4.00). The game will be at 1pm.