Go to a game at Cliff Hagan Stadium and you never know when, as Yogi might say, you'll get déjà vu all over again.
A year ago, Kentucky edged Louisville 7-6 on Keenan Wiley's first collegiate home run, a 12th-inning walk-off drive.
Wednesday, the Wildcats slipped past Eastern Kentucky 9-8 on a two-run, ninth-inning walk-off homer, Chris Bisson's first collegiate dinger.
Wiley's homer "kind of inspired me because I got to sit and I got to be a part of that last year," Bisson said. "So I really wanted to come in and just put a good swing on the ball."
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He did, driving the first pitch offered by Chris Hord over the right-field wall.
For EKU (3-3), it was a heartbreaking end after rallying for five runs in the top of the ninth. The Colonels were a strike away from completing a two-day sweep of state powers Louisville and UK.
"I'm proud of the way our kids played, and to have that comeback ability," said Jason Stein, in his first year as EKU head coach. "We want to have that as we continue throughout the season, especially when we start conference play. ... To play Louisville and Kentucky that well, it's a tribute to our kids and the way they're playing right now."
Hord came on in the eighth and retired five in a row.
Down to the last out, UK's Marcus Nidiffer was in a 1-2 hole when he singled to left.
A pitch later, the Cats raced to mob Bisson at home.
"Middle-in, fastball," said the sophomore from Ottawa, Canada. "That's what I was looking for, so I went on it."
The Cats (6-2) have won 24 consecutive non-conference home games.
Both teams totaled 13 hits and UK pitching doled out 14 walks. EKU left 17 runners on base. The Colonels loaded the bases with one out in the third inning, none out in the sixth and one out in the eighth. That led to one run.
"Our pitching has been very competitive with base runners," Coach Gary Henderson said. "Obviously, we've got some concentration issues to address. That's a new Coach Henderson record for walked batters in a game. ...
"But those things happen. You catch a break, you dodge a bullet and all the other cliches, and you hope to turn it into a positive."
Bisson and Chris McClendon finished with three hits each, including a fifth-inning leadoff homer for McClendon. Chad Wright drove in four runs and knocked his first collegiate homer, a three-run shot in the second inning.
EKU got three hits each from Matt Davis and Joey Stevens. Aaron Barrows and Stevens had two RBI each.
EKU's late rally included an RBI double by Richie Rodriguez, a two-run triple by Barrows and a two-out error that scored Barrows. Stevens singled in the go-ahead run.
Highly rated UK righty Alex Meyer, in his first collegiate start, gave up two runs, four hits and four walks in 41⁄3 innings. He fanned six.