Despite some anxious moments in the ninth-inning, the second-ranked Louisville baseball team defeated No. 8 Kentucky 5-3 in front of a record crowd at Jim Patterson Stadium Tuesday night. The victory was the Cards’ sixth straight over their in-state rivals.
Junior shortstop Devin Hairston led the offensive charge for U of L at the plate, going 3-for-4 with a pair of RBI. Junior Drew Ellis also drove in two runs.
After racing out to a 5-0 lead by the third inning, Louisville went into cruise control a bit. That nearly came back to bite them in the ninth inning, pushing across three runs and forcing closer Lincoln Henzman to come out of the bullpen and close the door. Henzman got some help from catcher Colby Fitch, who threw out a Wildcat trying to steal second base to end the game.
Louisville (25-3, 10-2) now turns its attention to a big ACC series against No. 17 Wake Forest. The Cards and Demon Deacons will kick things off at Patterson on Friday at 6 p.m. First pitch for both Saturday and Sunday’s games is slated for 1 p.m.