The University of Louisville baseball team had a pair of players recognized, as the National College Baseball Writers Association and Perfect Game announced their All-America teams on Wednesday.
Already a Collegiate Baseball Newspaper All-American, sophomore pitcher Reid Detmers was selected to the All-America First Team by both organizations, while junior shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald was an honorable mention selection by Perfect Game.
The duo was also recognized by the American Baseball Coaches Association as members of the NCAA Division I South All-Region Teams. Detmers was one of six starters on the region’s first team, while Fitzgerald was voted to the second team.
The 2019 ACC Pitcher of the Year, Detmers had been the anchor at the front of the Louisville pitching rotation all season. The sophomore started on opening day for the Cardinals and turned in a dominant first half on his way to D1Baseball Midseason Top Pitcher and Perfect Game Midseason National Pitcher of the Year honors.
Entering the NCAA College World Series, Detmers is 12-4 with a 2.85 ERA and 162 strikeouts in 107.1 innings. The left-hander is tied for the national lead in wins and his strikeout total is the second-most in the country. Detmers owns nine starts with double-digit strikeouts this season and set the program’s single season strikeout record during his start against Illinois State in the NCAA Louisville Regional.
Fitzgerald has turned in his best season in a Louisville uniform, earning him All-ACC honors and a fourth round selection by the San Francisco Giants in the 2019 MLB Draft. The junior is hitting .324 with a team-high 82 hits and 64 RBIs. All three numbers are career-bests for Fitzgerald, who has also set career-highs in runs (62), home runs (7) and total bases (124). The Rochester, Illinois, native leads the Cardinals with 28 multi-hit games and 19 contest with multiple RBIs.
Detmers, Fitzgerald and the Cardinals return to the diamond on Sunday for their first game of the College World Series. Louisville will take on Vanderbilt at 2 p.m. ET / 1 p.m. CT at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha on ESPN.
|Stephen WilliamsAssistant Sports Information DirectorUniversity of Louisville Athletics|