Powered by yet another 6 RBI game, junior outfielder Josh Stowers helped the #24 Louisville Cardinals (41-16) avenge their series loss in Winston-Salem earlier in the season with a resounding 10-2 victory against the Wake Forest Demon Deacons (25-31) in ACC Baseball Championship pool play. The victory turns their match against Duke on Friday into a win-or-go home game with a trip to the semifinals on the line.
Wake Forest got on the board first with a run in the third, but Stowers wasn’t far behind. Wake’s lead would be gone in the blink of an eye with a 3 run home run courtesy of the junior outfielder, good for his 8th of the year. This would also be his 4th home run in 6th games.
Stowers would not be the only Cardinal carving up the Demon Deacons. Freshman Reid Detmers also had a very solid starting outing, tossing 5.2 innings and only surrendering a single run. The southpaw also tallied more strikeouts than hits, fanning 5 batters and giving up 4 hits.
After a passed ball and throwing error added 2 more runs for the Cards in the sixth inning, the eighth inning is where the Cardinal Nine really put their foot on the gas. They took advantage of juicy bases loaded opportunities, plating 5 runs in the inning. First to face the juiced bases, Logan Wyatt delivered a base hit that plated 1, and then Stowers came back up to bat. Swinging a red-hot bat as of late, he would deliver yet again with his 4th triple of the season that would clear the bases and add another 3 RBI on his already impressive line score. Adding insult to injury, Stowers would then score on a wild pitch to put a bow on the 5 run inning.
Making sure no crazy comeback was in the works for Wake Forest, the Louisville bullpen did its job to near perfection. Junior Bryan Hoeing and sophomore Michael McAvene would combine to strikeout 6 batters and surrender only 1 hit over 3.1 innings of relief, and close the door on the Deacs.
Next up, Louisville faces the Duke Blue Devils (39-14) this upcoming Friday at 11am for the final game in Pool D. The winner of the match will move on to the ACC Baseball Championship Semifinals and face the Pool A winner (North Carolina or Pitt).
W: Reid Detmers (4-1), L: Colin Peluse (2-1)