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Louisville pitcher cusses out batter, season ends in the very next inning

Louisville baseball’s season has certainly been a stellar one, finishing the regular season with a 43-13 record before making a postseason run to the College World Series in Omaha.

After a gutty performance against Mississippi State to keep their season alive on Thursday evening, the Cards moved on to face the Vanderbilt Commodores in yet another win or go home game for the team.

In a back-and-forth effort for much of the evening, Louisville found themselves up 2-1 going into the top of the eighth inning. UofL starting pitcher Luke Smith then struck out his first batter, forced a ground out, and then struck out Vandy’s Julian Infante to end the inning.

After the impressive strikeout, Smith decided to flip the entire narrative of his dominant pitching performance by cussing out Infante on his way back to the dugout.

“F— you!” the Louisville pitcher yelled. “F— you!”

To no one’s surprise, ESPN caught the entire exchange on camera, airing the moment on live television.

In the top of the ninth, Smith forced a ground-out before walking the next batter and giving up an RBI double in the following at-bat to tie the game at two runs apiece.

From there, the potty-mouth Louisville pitcher was pulled from the game, with his replacement immediately giving up back-to-back hits and one run. 3-2, Commodores.

In the bottom of the ninth, the Cards could only get one runner on base, with Vandy forcing two strikeouts and a pop-up to end the game. Vanderbilt wins, while Louisville heads home with a big L.

After the game, Vanderbilt DH Philip Clarke told the Tennessean that Smith’s fine choice of words gave them the spark they needed to mount a comeback in the ninth inning.

“That was the big turning point in the game,” Clarke said. “Things like that definitely fire us up.”

Karma, ain’t it a beautiful thing?


Article written by Jack Pilgrim

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36 Comments for Louisville pitcher cusses out batter, season ends in the very next inning

  1. coolclay
    2:16 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    It’s Ricky “Wild Thing” Vaughn!!!

    • runningunnin.454
      2:26 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      Ha ha, even got the glasses.
      “Seeing is the most important thing”
      “I don’t think it’s that important.”

  2. BlueByYou
    2:17 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    He looks like the douhce bag he is!

  3. bbn606
    2:21 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    What else would you expect from Looserville? The player reflects the coach and the coach reflects the administration.

  4. Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
    2:27 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    At least he ain’t a dope dealing, woman hitting, underage banging/drink supplying thug like half the football and bball players that they’ve had.

    • Alex90
      9:08 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      I feel like this is a racial comment

    • Thetruthshallsetbennyfree
      4:10 am June 23, 2019 Permalink

      What does color have to do with people’s covered uped or ignored crimes? You do realize it was players and coaches of different races that contributed to this.

  5. ClutchCargo
    2:27 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Class: it’s not just something you skip to get high and drink Crown Royal.

    • Mr.Fabulous
      2:30 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      Looks like Vanderbilt took out the trash, a big, stinking, city sized bag of trash.

  6. Big Meech
    2:28 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Dude pitched a hell of a game but when I seen him doing that it was almost certain that ul would blow it. I get that the emotions are running crazy but needed to keep himself in check. Surprised McDonald left him in. Hopefully the bat cats can get to that point one day

    • J. Did
      2:35 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      I watched the entire game as well. Kid was in a zone. Hated to see that seemingly unilateral verbal assault. Hope he learned his lesson. Luke Smith can pitch.

    • j4stone
      2:37 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      It’s typical Louisville. You can change the athletic director, the basketball coach, and the football coach, but they are still a bunch of thugs.

  7. Headhurts
    2:31 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    So is college baseball the only sport we’re teams don’t shake hands at the end? Was hoping to see those 2 guys shake hands.

  8. Catcasey1
    2:31 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Disagree coach is a ok guy

  9. Smyrna_Cat
    2:36 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Louisville Cards … the gift that keeps giving.

  10. katmandue2you
    2:37 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    That’s so Jefferson County!!! And with that said, congrats to Bullitt County’s own Shannon The Dude and his Vanderbilt Commodores for an excellent revealing of what makes the ville “The Ville”. SEC SEC SEC!!!

  11. IndianaSucks
    2:38 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    This post is like if the Lakers talked trash to the Warriors… We missed the playoffs but “haha you suck for losing in the finals”. Do we really wanna be that kind of fanbase? Terrible look for the pitcher but that’s sports, we just don’t normally see it in plain sight…

  12. ukwildcat1991
    2:53 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Did he wear a cross on his necklace? Lol

  13. catsfan27
    3:37 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    To me, moments like that are what makes sports and competing great. Anyone who has played sports competitively knows. It’s heated, words are exchanged, so what. As long as nothing gets physical or crosses obvious lines, I like it.

  14. John Capilari
    3:46 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Stay classy San Diego, errr Louisville.

  15. Hal Chidick
    3:57 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    That guy is a poor representation of the team. I noticed that the UL player who won the game against MSU was making sure UL shook hands with Vandy’s players after the game.

  16. BluKudzu
    4:38 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    The foul mouthed episod,I witnessed last night, by the Louisville pitcher is certainly not representitive of the coach or the rest of the team.
    I know some of those young men, and I know some of the coaches. The blame on the pitcher for losing the game is preposterous as well.
    There were tremendous coaching mistakes all night long. Enough mistakes to cost them the game.
    I hated seeing anyone representing our Commonwealth in such a manner, and think it awful this kid will always be remembered for that emotional outburst, after pitching one of the best 8 and a third innings I have ever seen.
    It is time we follow our own advice; Stay Classy. They have the rest of their lives to try and forget this one, and this one will hurt each and every one of those guys, for a very long time.
    I have to say, I was hoping Vandy would win, and more so, after his outburst.
    Hoping next year, and years to come, our baseball program makes the necessary strides to make it to the CWS.
    Go Cats.

  17. TPACAT
    4:47 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Classless, as usual…

  18. katmandue2you
    5:03 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Moments like that are what makes Louisville Louisville

  19. cozbob
    5:28 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    I agree it’s funny he lost, but stuff like this makes sports better. We need villains. Not just “oh golly gee we lost, my sincerest congratulations to our opposing foe”.

  20. beauleonard
    6:15 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    That moment was soooo Louisville. Right to the core of the university. That’s my new catch phrase in fact. Every time I see something trashy.

  21. catsfan1995
    6:39 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    This makes us look like the bitter little brother. Lol. This makes baseball actually interesting to watch – don’t act like we wouldn’t like/defend it if a UK guy did that

    • panicpat
      9:03 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      No I would not defend that if it were a UK guy. That’s rediculous. All he did was strike out a batter. Act like you’ve been there before .

    • catsfan27
      9:46 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

      I think lots of cats fans would cheer it if it were a Kentucky player. Perfect example would be Boogie putting Swopshire’s head through the floor. We ate that up. I enjoy competitive fire, personally

    • TPACAT
      2:53 am June 23, 2019 Permalink

      Boogie was provoked…

  22. notFromhere
    9:42 pm June 22, 2019 Permalink

    Oh, he’s definitely Lousiville all the way. Trash

  23. Kerosenerag
    8:02 am June 23, 2019 Permalink

    Ha,Ha,Ha,that is so much UofLish. Guess he poked the bear one to many times. Scankhigh finds another way to be classless……Again! Pathetic

  24. Racerr11
    8:13 am June 23, 2019 Permalink

    No class thats all you can say, he was making hand gestures the whole game even before the fu. You would think the coach would of got involved but what’s new at that school. Loserville will always be that way. No class athletic department no matter Whos involved.

  25. sincitycat
    4:38 pm June 23, 2019 Permalink

    Poking the bear when you are ahead is just plain stupid.