DURHAM, N.C. – A solid starting pitching performance from No. 13 Louisville’s Reid Detmers paced the Cardinals past No. 24 Duke 8-3 on Friday inside Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Detmers, who entered the game with 23.1 consecutive scoreless innings, tossed six frames in limiting the Blue Devils to one run on six scattered hits.
The Cardinals (14-4, 3-1 ACC) extended their winning streak over the Blue Devils (12-6, 2-2 ACC) to four consecutive meetings. Senior Kennie Taylor and sophomore Chris Crabtree led Duke’s offense, combining for five hits, four doubles, two runs batted in and two scored. Of the Blue Devils’ 10 hits Friday night, six were doubles.
Detmers (4-0) got the win for Louisville after fanning nine, hitting one and allowing a walk. He retired his final six batters faced and surrendered just five base runners in his last five innings. Garrett Schmeltz relieved and recorded two outs, allowing two runs on three hits, all doubles, and a strikeout. Jack Perkins covered the remaining 2.1 frames, fanning four, giving up one hit and plunking one.
Duke junior Graeme Stinson took the loss (2-2), lasting four innings and surrendering four runs on six hits, two walks and one hit by pitch, while fanning three. Sophomore Matt Dockman covered the next three frames, yielding four runs, two earned, on six hits and a pair of strikeouts. Junior Eli Herrick lasted the final two innings, allowing one hit, striking out three and walking one.
Louisville wasted little time getting on the scoreboard, taking a 3-0 lead in the top of the first. Jake Snider led off the contest being hit by a pitch. After a fly out to center field, Logan Wyatt walked to put runners on first and second. Snider stole second with Danny Oriente batting. Stinson got Oriente swinging, but gave up a two-out double to left by Jared Poland that brought in Snider. An infield single from Drew Campbell plated Wyatt for the two-run cushion. A walk to Henry Davis loaded the bases before Poland scored on a wild pitch. Stinson avoided further damage with a groundout that ended the frame.
Duke answered immediately with a run in the bottom of the first to make it a 3-1 contest. Crabtree and Taylor started Duke’s half of the frame with consecutive doubles to left with Taylor’s driving in his team-leading 19th run of the campaign. A fielding error allowed sophomore Michael Rothenberg to reach first, but Detmers rebounded with a double play groundball and fly out to close the threat.
The Cardinals got the run back in the top of the third for a 4-1 advantage. Wyatt led off with a single and moved to second on a groundout. After a lineout to left, Campbell doubled to right to drive in Wyatt.
In the top of the fifth, Louisville pushed across another run to go ahead 5-1. Oriente and Poland started the frame with consecutive singles that put them on first and second. A failed pickoff attempt by Dockman had him throw the ball into center field, moving Oriente to third and Poland to second. Oriente came home on a Davis groundout before Dockman ended the inning with a whiff.
Louisville added two more in the top of the sixth for a 7-1 lead. Ethan Stringer led off with a home run to left for a 6-1 advantage. After a strikeout, Tyler Fitzgerald and Wyatt singled consecutively to land on first and second. With Oriente at the plate, Fitzgerald stole third and came home as Rothenberg’s throw sailed into left field. Dockman bounced back with a groundout and pop out to close the frame.
Davis made it an 8-1 Louisville lead in the top of the seventh with a one-out solo home run to center field.
Duke scratched back on the board in the bottom of the seventh with two runs to make it an 8-3 affair. Junior Chase Cheek doubled to center to lead off the inning and scored on Crabtree’s second double of the contest. Schmeltz got a fly out and strikeout before freshman Rudy Maxwell punched a double down the first-base line to drive in Crabtree. A strikeout ended the inning.
The Blue Devils had one base runner in the eighth and another in the ninth, but could do no damage.
Duke looks to even the series Saturday with a 1 p.m. first pitch from Durham Bulls Athletic Park. Sophomore Brice Jarvis (2-0) get the ball for the Blue Devils while Nick Bennett (3-0) is Louisville’s scheduled starter.
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