In its first road game of the season, the seventh-ranked Louisville baseball team jumped on No. 24 Duke early and cruised to an 8-3 victory on Friday at Durham Bulls Athletic Park.
The start to the weekend series was delayed two and a half hours because of rain, but it didn’t slow the Louisville offense. The Cardinals (14-4, 3-1 ACC) piled up 13 hits for the second consecutive game, helping UofL win for the ninth time in the last 10 games.
Louisville jumped on the board in the first inning for the 11th time in 18 games this season. Jared Poland wrapped a two-out double to the wall in left to bring Jake Snider home to start the scoring. Drew Campbell then beat out a ball that was cued to third, allowing Logan Wyatt to score and double the lead, and a wild pitch later in the inning scored the third UofL run.
Reid Detmers (4-0) got off to an uncharacteristic start with consecutive doubles in the bottom of the first to snap his scoreless streak at 23.2 innings, but the sophomore settled down and returned to his dominant self.
Following the run in the first, Detmers shut down the Blue Devils with five consecutive zeros on the scoreboard. The southpaw finished the night with just one run allowed with nine strikeouts across six innings. For the season, Detmers has given up two runs in 33.2 innings with 50 punchouts.
While Detmers was battling on the mound, the offense continued to add on. Campbell laced an 0-2 pitch to the right field wall for a run-scoring double in the third and Henry Davis brought home the fifth run of the game with a groundout in the fifth.
The sixth got started with a bang for the Cardinals, as Ethan Stringer launched his first home run of the season with a towering shot over the high wall in left field. Tyler Fitzgerald then forced home another run as the attempt to throw him out trying to steal third sailed into the outfield.
Davis kept the offensive assault going in the seventh inning, sending his first collegiate home run over the left-centerfield wall.
Duke (12-6, 2-2) put a pair of runs on the board in the seventh inning, but Jack Perkins ended the Blue Devils’ rally and closed out the game with scoreless innings in the eighth and ninth.
Eight of nine Louisville starters had at least one hit in the game, led by Campbell’s 3-for-5 night. Wyatt, Poland and Stringer each had two hits in the win.
The series continues on Saturday with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET.
|Stephen WilliamsAssistant Sports Information DirectorUniversity of Louisville Athletics|