Welcome back to another edition of Around the Bases, where we look at what a spectacular week it was for the Cardinals.
It began on April 12th, when the Cardinals traveled to Lexington and beat rival Kentucky 9-6 for their fifth straight win in the rivalry.
The saying usually goes “better late than never,” and that was the case as #3 Louisville beat #12 Kentucky 7-6 in a wild, thrilling comeback in front of 4,642 fans at Jim Patterson Stadium.
A week after Kentucky almost delivered a comeback against Louisville at home, the Cardinals came through with one of their own. Devin Hairston led the way as the Cardinals (30-7, 13-5) scored six runs in the final three innings to secure their fifth straight win over rival Kentucky (23-13). Hairston finished the night 3-for-5 at the plate with a walk-off RBI single that drove in a diving Colin Lyman to score the winning run.
“This team has a lot of fight,” Hairston said. “We have that type of confidence and swagger about us that no matter what the score is, we’re going to get the job done.”
Welcome back to another edition of Around the Bases, and this is possibly the biggest week for Louisville baseball all season.
Last weekend was very tumultuous for the Cardinals team. After having the game at Kentucky postponed due to rain, they immediately traveled to Tallahassee to face Florida State. The Cardinals lost the series (7-12 Fri., 7-1 Sat., 5-16 Sun.), making it their second series defeat in the ACC this season. The Cardinals did not lose any series against ACC opponents last season, and the Cardinals dropped to 3-6 against Top 25 opponents on the road in 2016. The Cardinals returned home yesterday and thumped Western Kentucky 14-2, improving to a 20-1 record at home.
The game has been over for a couple of days now. So if you are one of the ones to say “It’s over. Move on. Get over it”, then this post isn’t for you. I appreciate you stopping by, but I haven’t written out all of my thoughts yet and closed the door on the game, so that is what I am going to do. You may disagree with me, and that is fine. We can have a discussion on things like that. But this forum is for me to hit on a few key points that I saw on Saturday. After getting this out, I will then be able to turn the page and move on.
The first 5 guys on the floor matched my prediction for Louisville. As the non-conference schedule has come to a close for the year and it’s been scrutinized as any, let’s assess the Cards because that’s what we as fans & as media do. We criticize and rectify, perhaps justify in any way we can. Each team had their storylines heading into the battle but here are 4 of mine following it. All of these things are going to tie in together, but I wanted to individually outline as a list because have an obsession with making lists. Know where I got it? Rick Pitino, (Rebound Rules 2010).
4 things from another loss at Rupp:
January 1, 1995. Freshman Samaki Walker goes off for the Cards, recording the first triple double in UofL history with 23 points, 10 rebounds, and 11 blocks. Watch the full game below and enjoy!
With the exception of the 2012-2013 season, there’s no secret that John Calipari has had Rick Pitino’s number in head-to-head match-ups. Louisville has been dominant in recent years, as has Kentucky. Both with National Titles, Final Fours, conference championships, both coaches getting inducted into the Hall of Fame, and highly ranked recruited classes all in the last five years. Those are accomplishments any school would proud of to have, and that’s an understatement. Really, just read those accomplishments and think about how much success both programs have had in just the last five years. But for whatever reason, despite all that success and even having the better team in some of those years, Rick can’t seem to beat Cal.
You all know how the game went. I don’t need to recap that for you, especially a few days after it ended. So no, I will not talk about Lamar Jackson running for 186 yards against Kentucky and leading the charge for a 38-24 victory. I don’t need to tell you that the win was the 5th in a row for Louisville over Kentucky. I don’t need to talk about how dominant the defense was in the second half, and honestly most of the game. You all know all of that already, right? I don’t need to say it again. However, if you would like to take a break from this and watch the entire game again, I invite you to do so by clicking here.
Back with me now? Good. It was a pretty eventful day for me in Lexington, so I just wanted to write about it. Feel free to keep reading. But if you are just looking for a recap of how Louisville beat Kentucky 38-24 for the 5th time in a row, you won’t get that here. I won’t even mention it. Want highlights though? Here ya go…
Pregame scuffle, Kyle Bolin, DeVante Parker. That is your summary for the 2014 game. Enjoy!
Seems kind of like a “Flashback Friday” type of video if you really pay attention to the players in it and the years that most are from. But hey, you do you Kentucky.
Garrick McGee and Tobijah Hughley (from Lexington) met with the media on Wednesday to talk about Saturday’s game against Kentucky.
Here are some interesting stats comparing UL and UK football from CFBStats.com. These stats are also filtered to get averages against POWER 5 teams only. This takes away Louisville’s game against Samford and Kentucky’s game against Charlotte. Stats in those games can be very misleading.
18 UL 325.2 ypg
50 UK 395.8 ypg
60 UL 381 ypg
75 UK 351 ypg
The common response when you tell a UK fan about these stats and how we are better is something about SOS or asking who we have played. Well……
You have been waiting all season for this, the UofL vs. UK football game to close the 2015 regular season. With a desperate Kentucky team needing a win to secure bowl eligibility for the first time in five years, the Cardinals travel to Lexington looking to end any bowl aspirations of the ‘Cats for a second straight season.
After Kentucky’s win over Charlotte on Saturday, the conversation naturally turned towards their next game against Louisville. The Courier-Journal’s Jon Hale was in the locker room and got some feedback from some of the Kentucky players with their thoughts on the rivalry with the Cards.
Here is your social media tip for the day if you are a college athlete: If you have a game at the end of November, posting about it in June may come back to bite you. Such is the case for Patrick Towles, who posted this gem back in June.
Tis the season, my friends and foes. Giving thanks, sure. But giving grief, absolutely.
The week fans have had circled, underlined, and plenty of exclamation points leading up to opening weekend, because duh… It’s the most locally anticipated game of the season.
For one, the rivalry.
For two… Bowl eligibility.
Bobby Petrino is a perfect 10-0 in season openers as a head coach in college football. I decided to take a look back at each of those 10 games and give a little summary. As you will see, the Kentucky Wildcats were victims in 5 of the 10 games. At Arkansas, they never opened with a big-time opponent while Petrino was there. The Miami win last year was probably the most impressive victory for Petrino in season openers.
10-0 is a great stat, but September 5th in the Georgia Dome will clearly be the biggest test for Petrino in a season opener. The Auburn Tigers will come into the game likely ranked in the top 5, but top 10 for sure. Louisville will be underdogs anywhere from 10-14 points. But you give me Bobby Petrino and THIS much time to prepare? I like our chances. The Cards may not go down there and win, but they will absolutely have the right game plan and be put in position to make the plays to walk out of SEC country with the W.
So here is a little look back at Bobby Petrino’s 10 season openers, all victories. Obviously, the Louisville game descriptions go into a little more detail.
Just like the last time I posted about a Kentucky quarterback, I put “UK QB” in the title because if I put the name “Drew Barker”, you probably would not know who I was talking about and may not click the link. After all, we are talking about somebody who doesn’t even play.
First, it was the airsoft gun incident. Then getting decked on EKU’s campus after the bar fight. Now, a tweet that references Pearl Harbor. Drew is taking “Stoops Troops” to the extreme on this one. The tweet was deleted, of course. But these things live on forever these days on the world wide web. Good move, Drew.