In a springtime Battle for the Bluegrass, UofL and UK’s juggernaut baseball teams clashed, churning out a thrilling rivalry game. Louisville, which improved its home record to 24-1 this season, trailed 5-1 going into the bottom of the seventh. Kentucky did not let up and appropriately continued to take its lead seriously, using all three of its weekend relievers to try to preserve the victory. Justin Lewis (0.37 earned run average), Sean Hjelle (0.71) and Zach Strecker (1.23) all struggled. Proving that the “Cardiac Cards” call more than UofL basketball home, Hairston, a baseball star even before becoming an all-state shortstop for Tates Creek High School, singled in the winning run in the bottom of the ninth. That capped a comeback in the final three innings and gave Louisville a 7-6 victory.
Photos by BILL WINE