There is plenty of star power on the Louisville baseball roster. Joining the multiple Team USA veterans, future high MLB Draft picks and All-Americans to help make the up No. 6 Louisville squad are a number of key figures filling vital roles.
Junior outfielder Colin Lyman has become a steady and reliable member of the team. The Algonquin, Ill., native has appeared in 37 games, starting 31, for the Cardinals this spring and has had share of clutch moments.
As Louisville looked to complete a comeback on Kentucky, the top of the order came to the plate in the bottom of the 9th. You could see the energy around the dugout after they retired Kentucky in the top of the 9th, as they looked to get a run in the bottom half to win it.
For the second game in a row, junior Colin Lyman was right in the middle of the final play. After a strikeout from Corey Ray, Lyman drew a key walk that gave Louisville the winning run on first base. After McKay’s infield single, Lyman advanced into scoring position for the Cardinals.
With hot-hitting Devin Hairston stepping in for the next at bat, Lyman knew he had to be ready to run.
“One-out read," said Lyman. "Just making sure I got a good jump off second and just really going in hard to the plate and making sure I beat that throw."
Hairston chopped a grounder up the middle and it was off for the races. It was a close play at home, as Lyman had to maneuver around the Kentucky catcher who did his best to block the plate on the throw in from centerfield.
In the month of April, Lyman has crossed the plate and score 10 runs for the Cardinals. Two of those have have been game-winning scores. Colin Lyman just seems to have a way of being in the middle of big endings and finding himself on base.
“He’s such a good athlete," said head coach Dan McDonnell. "He’s such a good base-runner. If he doesn’t start the game there is still a good chance he’s going to finish the game, and it seems like he’s crossed the plate many times as the game winning run.”
In addition to his recent clutch moments against the in-state rivals, Lyman has also proven to be a tough outfielder. He's one of three regular starters - along with centerfielder Logan Taylor and catcher Colby Fitch - that remains error free on the season.
"He's such a good outfielder, a good defender," said McDonnell.
The Cardinals return to the diamond on Wednesday when they host FIU at Jim Patterson Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 5:00 p.m.