UofL vs. UK Baseball Game

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.

Vickie and Clyde Gentry.Tom Fitzsimmons, Karen Coyne and Morgan Fitzsimmons.Matt and Peter Feimer with Patrick Bline.Ginger and Dennis Collins.Stephen and Diane Blackwell.Gaines and Jennifer Shoffner.Gene and Jackie Cody, Estelle Sullivan, Elaine and Fred Strecker.Frank Cosby and Curtis Jennings.Grant and Pattie Hart.Tony Leo and Michael Coulter.Patrick and Martha Clark.Shane,Morgan and Jeff Valentine.Alison Kamber, Sara Kuner and Taylor Grider.The game was played on a warm and sunny day.Fans arrived early to select their food and drink choices.David and Mara Schafer.U of L baseball head coach pointed to the top of the screen behind home plate while clarifying the ground rules  with the umpires and UK head coach Gary Henderson.Standing room only tickets were sold prior to the game as the game was a sellout.U of L head football coach Bobby Petrino threw the  ceremonial first pitch.Kade McClure pitched the game opening pitch as UK\'s  leadoff batter Evan White waited for the pitch.U of L player Ryan Summers motioned for the Card\'s right fielder to move more toward the foul line.Kade McClure released a pitch in the top of the first inning.The Card\'s shortstop Devin Hairston threw to first to complete a double play in the top of the 4th inning. UK\'s Luke Becker slid into 2nd.UK\'s Luke Becker dove head first back to first to avoid being picked off in the top of the 4th inning. Danny Rosenbaum awaited the pickoff throw.UK\'s starting pitcher Zach Logue went 5 innings, gave up 6 hits, struck out 2, walked 1 and allowed one earned run.UK\'s Marcus Carson bunted down the 3rd baseline in the  top of the 7th inning. Carson beat out the throw to first and ended up scoring UK\'s third run of the inning. After 6 & 1/2 innings the score was UK 5 and U of L 1.An announced crowd of 4,642 watched the game.On this pitch U of L\'s Corey Ray homered to center and drove in 2 runs in the bottom of the 7th inning. At the end of the 7th inning the score was UK 5 and U of L 4.Corey Ray,# 2, is met by his teammates after hitting a home run in the bottom of the 7th inning.U of L\'s Brandon McKay showed his emotion as his deep fly ball to right field was caught to end the 7th inning.The Card\'s Colin Lyman rounded third and was headed home following a single by Devin Hairston in the bottom of 9th inning with the score tied at 6.In the bottom of the 8th inning the Card\'s Danny Rosenbaum scored on a wild pitch by UK\'s Sean Hjelle to tie the score at 6 apiece.Colin Lyman slid under the tag by UK\'s catcher Troy Squires and scored the winning run. The crowd was celebrating as the umpire signaled safe.The Cards celebrated their 7-6 victory over UK.

Photos by BILL WINE