It was a record-setting night for Reid Detmers and the Louisville pitching staff, but the fourth-ranked Cardinals were defeated 3-1 by Georgia Tech on Friday night at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Detmers (4-1) struck out a Jim Patterson Stadium record 16 in 7.2 innings, breaking the previous record of 15 by Brendan McKay against Pittsburgh on March 10, 2017. The 16 strikeouts were a new career high for Detmers, who has set a new career high on three occasions this season.
Michael McAvene struck out two in his 1.1 innings of relief work to give Louisville 18 for the night. The Cardinals tied the stadium record for strikeouts by a team as well.
Detmers carved up the Yellow Jackets in the early innings, striking out a pair in each of the first three innings. The lefthander then struck out the side in order in the fourth, the sixth time he’s accomplished the feat on the year.
Georgia Tech (15-7, 4-3 ACC) finally got into the hit column with consecutive singles with one away in the fifth, but Detmers buckled down and struck out the next two hitters to give him 11 through five innings.
Detmers punched out two more in the sixth before finally running into trouble one inning later. The Yellow Jackets tied the game up in the seventh inning with a sacrifice fly, but Detmers limited the damage to just the single run.
The sophomore punctuated his night with strikeouts for the first two outs of the eighth, but his four-pitch walk with two away proved costly. Georgia Tech followed with a double into the right field corner bringing the runner all the way around from first to score the go-ahead run. GT went on to add another via a solo home run in the ninth.
Louisville (17-5, 5-2) took an early lead on Friday night, scoring in the opening inning for the seventh consecutive game. Jake Snider doubled on the second pitch he saw and eventually scored on Logan Wyatt’s sacrifice fly.
From there, the Cardinals would not record another hit until Tyler Fitzgerald dropped a single into right field with one away in the ninth inning. UofL managed just four baserunners on the night, with the two hits and a pair of walks from Wyatt.
Xzavion Curry (3-0) shut out the Cardinals over his eight innings before turning the game over to the closer in the ninth.
Louisville and Georgia Tech will continue the series on Saturday, with first pitch scheduled for 1:00 p.m. ET at Jim Patterson Stadium.
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