Today it was announced that a pair of Louisville Cardinals have made their appearances on two separate All-American lists. After having not been named a First, Second or Third-Team Selection by Baseball America, sophomore left-handed pitcher Reid Detmers was named a First-Team All-American by both Perfect Game and the National Collegiate Baseball Writers Association. Junior shortstop Tyler Fitzgerald was also named an All-American Honorable Mention by Perfect Game.
In just his second year, Detmers has produced one of the best pitching seasons in Louisville history. He lead the ACC in hits allowed per nine innings, strikeouts, strikeout-to-walk ratio and WHIP, with an ERA of 2.85 to boot. As of this publication, his 12 wins leads the nation and is tied for second on UofL’s single season wins list. A proficient strike-thrower with his fastball/curveball combination, he set the UofL single season strikeout record with 162 strikeouts, breaking Brendan McKay’s 2017 record of 146.
The workhorse of the Louisville offense, Fitzgerald stood out as the barometer of the offensive production on a roster full of talented hitters. Leading the ACC’s best offense, he boasts a team-best 64 RBI & 19 multi-RBI games. He has developed a reputation as an on base and a power threat, as he is third on the team in home runs (7), and is second on the team in batting average (.325) and slugging percentage (.490) while leading in hits (82). His base running abilities makes him a complete offensive player, with his 18 stolen bases being second on the team behind only Justin Lavey.
Detmers, Fitzgerald and the rest of the Cardinal Nine will resume play in Omaha, Nebraska for Louisville’s 5th appearance in the College World Series. They will do battle against the #2 Vanderbilt Commodores (54-11) this Sunday at 2pm on ESPN.