The University of Louisville baseball team is back home this weekend for a three-game series against Virginia Tech and the Cardinals' come into the series swinging a hot bat.
After losing 6-3 in last Friday's game against Virginia, the Cardinals have since scored 43 runs in four games. Louisville beat the defending national champions 11-4 and 15-0 and then decked Western Kentucky 17-0.
The Cardinals have 45 hits in those three games, including six from hot hitting Devin Hairston.
The sophomore shortstop comes into the Virginia Tech series second on the team with 12 multi-hit games and six multi-RBI games and has 10 hits in the past five games. Hairston is hitting .379 for the Cardinals.
"Hitting can be contagious," Hairston said. "I'm just trying to be the best hitter I can be. I'm seeing the ball well, I think a lot of us are right now. But yes, it can be contagious."
Hairston, known for his defense, is second on the team in hitting (.379), second with eight doubles, third with 19 RBIs and fifth with 20 runs scored. He's 1-for-1 on stolen bases and has been moved all around the lineup.
"He's been so consistent," U of L coach Dan McDonnell said. "We know how good he is on defense, but he's been really good on defense also. We were going to use him in the four hole last Sunday. We joked standing around the cages that he didn't look like a four-hole hitter."
Hairston said of his hitting: "I didn't want people to think I was just a defensive guy. I worked really hard on my hitting in the offseason."
Hairston and the rest of the Cardinals are hoping the offensive explosion continues this week. Leading hitter Nick Solak - who is hitting .455 - is still listed as day-to-day with a bone bruise on his right hand.
The first pitch on Saturday and Sunday is 1 p.m., while the first pitch on Monday is 7 o'clock.