The Louisville baseball team began their ACC Tournament play against Wake Forest on Wednesday afternoon with the Cards cruising to a huge 10-2 victory. This crucially-important win for Louisville sets up a winner-take-all game against the Duke Blue Devils on Friday afternoon, as the winner will advance to the ACC Semifinals.
Freshman pitcher, Reid Detmers, went nearly six innings against the Demon Deacons, only allowing one run through 22 batters-faced. It was a bold move for Dan McDonnell to start a freshman in the first game of the tournament, but Detmers rose to the occasion and pitched a fantastic ballgame. At the end of the day, he put his team in position to win and ultimately, gave the Cards a great shot of making the ACC Semifinals.
While Detmers should certainly be praised for his solid performance on the mound, it’s Josh Stowers who was, by far, the game’s most valuable player. The Cardinals’ junior outfielder finished the game going 3-4 at the plate with one home-run and six runs-batted-in. Not to mention, Stowers finished one single short of hitting for the cycle. Good grief.
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We knew how capable the Cardinals have been of a performance like this, but avoidable mistakes have gotten in the way. I don’t want to make a big deal out of one game, but since this was the first time many of these players have seen tournament action at the collegiate-level, we should all be very excited about what the next few weeks could hold.
With Wake Forest out of the way, Louisville will turn their attention towards Duke on Friday morning at 11:00 AM. The Blue Devils finished the 2018 season going 7-3 in their 10 overall series against ACC opponents, which makes for a great match-up on the best day of the week.<
Derek Snyder joined as a contributor for TheCardinalConnect.com in April of 2018. He previously covered everything Louisville Cardinals as the Site-Expert for BigRedLouie.com in 2016. Follow Derek on Twitter @dcolesny10.