The Louisville baseball team appeared destined to take its (statistically) worst loss of the 2017 season. Hosting 19-26 Miami (Ohio) for a midweek tilt, the Cards found themselves in a 5-0 hole with only four at-bats remaining.
The rally started in the home half of the sixth, when Drew Ellis continued his torrid spring with a double, and then was driven in on a singly by Devin Mann. Justin Lavey then drove in a second run to cut the Redhawk lead to 5-2.
In the seventh, Brendan McKay did what Brendan McKay does and launched his 14th home run of the season over the center field fence. Mann added his second RBI of the night later on in the inning to trim the deficit to one.
U of L tied the game in the 8th inning when Colin Lyman scored on a wild pitch. It looked for a moment as if the Cardinals may break the game wide open, but McKay flew out to short center with the bases loaded to end in the inning.
After neither team was able to claw across a run in the ninth, the fans at Jim Patterson Stadium were treated to free baseball. It didn’t last for long, because Louisville shortstop Devin Hairston did this to score Lavey from second:
The victory moves second-ranked Louisville to 39-6 on the season heading into this weekend’s series at Notre Dame. Things get underway in South Bend Friday night at 6:05.