By Jason Wyrick
Photo by Roscelle Griffin
The Louisville Cardinals punched the East Carolina Pirates in the mouth in the first game of the Louisville Super Regional. Dan McDonnell’s squad waited for any retaliatory blows from ECU, but none ever came as the Cards repeatedly sucker punched the Pirates in a demoralizing 14-1 victory in game one.
Sophomore ace Reid Detmers took the hill and did not disappoint. Working around two jams early, he pitched four shutout innings going toe-to-toe with ECU ace and Yankees 4th round draft pick Jake Agnos.
Agnos’ day did not end as well as Detmers’.
In the 4th, Louisville saw the entire order come to the plate and put a four-spot on Agnos to end his day. The final line on Agnos was: 4.0 IP, 5 H, 4 ER.
It did not get any better for the Pirates.
ECU brought in six more pitchers and they didn’t exactly fare well against the Louisville nine, conceding another 10 runs in the next three innings before finally stopping the bleeding with a 1-2-3 bottom of the 8th already down 14-1.
Detmers, although he didn’t look as sharp as we know he can, still pitched a gem. He hung in there while the game was tight and played very loosely after his hitters gifted him an enormous lead. His final line was: 7 IP, 5 H, 1 ER, 2 BB, 6 K.
Freshman southpaw Garrett Schmeltz was entrusted with the 13 run lead in top of the 8th. The young gun from Pleasure Ridge Park was up for the challenge, closing the game out striking three of his eight batters faced, all without surrendering any runs.
The same two teams play tomorrow, June 8th at 12 noon at Jim Patterson Stadium with a trip to Omaha for the College World Series on the line. The game can be streamed on the ESPN app and will be broadcast on the radio on 93.9 the Ville.
Jason Wyrick is a co-owner and contributor of River City Cards. He can be followed on Twitter @Steagles1.