Bright lights time, Devin Hairston comes through again for UofL

The bright lights were on and so was Devin Hairston.

Bottom of the 10th, score tied, two outs, and the bright lights are on.

Freshman Justin Lavey perched on second base after getting hit by a pitch. Gotta get him home.

Dan McDonnell couldn’t be happier, seeing who’s coming to the plate, none other than Devin Hairston. Just a few days ago, the University of Louisville baseball coach was saying there was no one he would rather see when a game is on the line.

Problem was Hairston had gone into a mini slump since his coach had made the declaration. Brendan McKay and Drew Ellis had caught up with him in runs batted in. He had gone hitless in his four at-bats on Tuesday.

Looking like one of those extra inning affairs that could drag on all night.

But the bright lights are burning brightly, the game on the line. Devin Hairston was ready for the game to be done, taking things in hand, banging a 1-1 pitch into left field.

Lavey sliding into home just ahead of the ball. Game over. UofL winning 6-5 over Miami of Ohio.

The win was Louisville’s 39th against only six losses, in front of a crowd of 1,724 at Jim Patterson Stadium. Hairston making his coach look good again. 

Lots of help from Devin Mann, with two hits, three runs batted; Brendan McKay with a solo home run, his 13th homers; Drew Ellis with a couple of double, and Lavey with the other run batted in.

Bright lights, indeed.

Author: Charlie Springer

Charlie Springer is a former Louisville editor and sportswriter, as well as a public affairs consultant, a UofL grad and longtime fan.