--By Mike Gilpatrick
--Photo/Gallery by Roscelle Griffin
Rain, Rain, Rain…
The Louisville Cardinals hosted a double-header on Friday, with the threat of ominous storms on Saturday, for the third time in 2019. This time, it was against an ACC opponent, Wake Forest. Louisville swept the double-header easily, and notched their 7th and 8th ACC victories.
Game One: Detmers Shines Again
Reid Detmers is a beast. The normal Friday starting pitcher was no different in his latest installment. He surrendered six hits in 7.1 innings, but only one crossed home plate. Detmers struck out 10, and led Louisville to an easy 6-1 victory.
He was helped by two runs in the first, second, and eighth innings.
First, Danny Oriente took a second-pitch breaking ball on a ride to left center, for an RBI double that scored Logan Wyatt and Trey Leonard. Then, in the second; Tyler Fitzgerald legged out an impressive RBI triple to right, scoring Leonard and Justin Lavey.
Wake Forest drew their only run against the Louisville ace in the top of the fourth. Bobby Seymour singled up the middle, and scored Patrick Frick.
Louisville extended the lead in the bottom of the eighth. First, Henry Davis hit a single on a 3-1 count to left, and plated Lucas Dunn. Lavey drove in Davis on an RBI single to right.
The winning pitcher was Detmers, and the loser Colin Peluse (7.1 IP, 9H, 6 R, 4 ER, 3 BB, 5 K).
Game Two: Comeback attempt succeeds behind late-game heroics
Game two was tougher for the Cardinals. Wake Forest jumped out ahead early in the game, and the Cardinals were forced to come back. They did, and Dan McDonnell’s squad defeated the Deacons 10-7.
Nick Bennett is usually effective. But in game two, he allowed five runs total, and four in the top of the third. All were earned, and on six hits and three walks. He did manage to strike out five.
Michael Turconi led off the third inning with a single to left, that scored Jake Mueller. Then, Patrick Frick doubled to left-center, scoring Turconi and DJ Poteet. Bobby Seymour ended the scoring in the inning with a single up the middle.
Logan Wyatt doubled-in Louisville’s first run of the game. Jake Snider scored on the play. Then, Wyatt came home on a passed ball.
Wake added one home run on a solo-shot to center.
Justin Lavey belted a deep, 393-foot home run to left. Lavey took a no-out 1-1 pitch deep for his second home run of the season.
Then, Jared Poland hit an RBI single with two outs through the right side, and drove in Danny Oriente.
Tyler Fitzgerald gave Louisville the lead in the bottom of the seventh. With the bases loaded and no outs, the shortstop hit a massive double to left field off a 3-1 pitch, and scored Trey Leonard and Lavey. Snider hit an RBI groundout to widen the lead. Then, Danny Oriente drove home Fitzgerald on a suicide squeeze bunt.
Louisville was not finished scoring. Logan Wyatt belted a two-out, solo-shot home run to nearly the train tracks past right field.
Shane Muntz got a run back for Wake in the eighth. He looped a single into left.
Drew Campbell scored an unearned run in the bottom of the inning. He trotted home on a Henry Davis single.
With rains pouring, Wake Forest began to try a comeback attempt. They scored _ in the ninth, with two outs.
Louisville looks for the sweep, either tomorrow or Sunday. The series could conclude tomorrow afternoon- a game is still scheduled for 1pm. Since the rains are expected to pour buckets on Patterson Stadium, Sunday is still open for a potential series finale date. The games will be at 1pm either way.
Mike Gilpatrick is the senior baseball correspondent for River City Cards... MORE