LOUISVILLE, Ky. -- James Madison baseball dropped the series opener on Friday against No. 8 Louisville 5-0. Reid Detmers pitched 7.0 innings of no-hit baseball, recording a career high 14 strikeouts. The Dukes were able to break up the no-hitter in the top of the eighth when Kyle Novak snuck one by the Cardinals first basemen. Kevin Kelly was tabbed with the loss after allowing four runs, on six hits in his 4.1 innings pitched. Shelton Perkins was stellar out of the pen, pitching 3.2 innings and allowing one run on three hits. Perkins was able to strikeout six, which was one shy of a career high.
The Dukes will now play the third weekend doubleheader of the young season. Game one against No. 8 Louisville will begin at noon, while game two will begin just 45 minutes after.
- Kyle Novak collected the only hit for the Dukes on Friday evening, after smoking one at the first basemen in the top of the eighth.
- Reid Detmers picked up his second victory for the Cardinals posting a career high 14 strikeouts against the Dukes.
- Detmers also has accumulated 14.2 no-hit innings of work through his first two appearances.
- Shelton Perkins allowed one run on three hits in his 3.2 relief innings. Perkins was able to strike outs six including the side in the seventh.
- Kevin Kelly allowed his first earned run of the season and falls to 2-1 on the season.
Bottom 2nd| JMU 0 – LOU 1 | The Cardinals opened up the scoring in the bottom of the second with a sacrifice fly by Alex Binelas.
Bottom 3rd| JMU 0 – LOU 2 | Danny Oriente added to the Cards lead with a single to third.
Bottom 5th| JMU 0 – LOU 4 | An error at first allows Danny Oriente to reach first and scored a run for the Cards. Louisville would add another run in the fifth on a fielder’s choice to increase their lead to 4-0.
Bottom 8th| JMU 0, LOU 5 | Henry Davis singled through the right side to increase the Cardinals lead to 5-0.
WHAT COACH IKE HAD TO SAY
“We knew we were going to go up against a bunch of good arms this weekend. I think Kev and Shelton played really well out of the pen and a couple of plays here and there could have changed the whole outcome of the game. We will learn from this tonight and get back to work tomorrow in the doubleheader.”
The Dukes will be back in action against the No. 8 team in the nation on Saturday. The two are scheduled for a doubleheader tomorrow starting at noon.