Must be Big East Tournament time.

The mohawks and the goatees are back, one or both in shocking red  accents for some players.

The University of Louisville baseball team would keep its followers in suspense for a long time in the opening game, trailing 4-1 going into the bottom of the seventh inning. That’s when the U of L bats would begin showing some signs of life.


Andrew Clark would single to drive home Adam Duvall, cutting the deficit to two runs.

And that’s when second baseman Ryan Wright would again demonstrate his prowess as a clutch hitter, hitting an opposite field home run over the right field fence for three runs to give Louisville its first lead, 5-4 after seven.

“Ryan has some good numbers,” said coach Dan McDonnell. “But what’s more impressive is when he gets those numbers.”

Usually, when U of L needs them the most.

Neil Holland would come in in relief to shut down the Mountaineers, with the Cards adding six more runs in the eighth.

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By Charlie Springer

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