Two outs, two strikes and his team trailing by two runs in the ninth inning, Western Kentucky's Anderson Miller delivered.
The Lexington native always seems to do just that when he comes home to play against the University of Kentucky.
Miller hit a game-tying, two-run homer in the ninth inning to force extras against the Wildcats on Tuesday night, and the Hilltoppers finished off UK in the 10th for a 5-3 victory and a series sweep of their in-state rivals.
A former standout at Lafayette who was not offered a scholarship by his hometown school, Miller acknowledged playing with a chip on his shoulder every time he sees the Cats.
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"First off, I want to start by saying that they didn't want me out of high school," he said. "And they didn't think I could play at the SEC level. So, I hope tonight I proved that I could."
It looked like UK was rolling to a victory up until Miller's laser over the right-field wall.
Senior right-hander Andrew Nelson gave up just one run over three innings in his first start for the Wildcats this season. Four relievers then pitched 52⁄3 scoreless innings to set up what looked like an easy finish.
UK senior Spencer Jack came in with one out in the ninth and got WKU left fielder Paul Murray to pop up to the third baseman. Then, No. 9 hitter Leiff Clarkson singled to right. And, then, it was Miller's turn.
The junior center fielder worked the count to 2-2 and fouled off two off-speed pitches on the outside of the plate. The next one landed in the parking lot beyond right field.
"I was just trying to get on base and get it to the next guy," Miller said. "They challenged me with a fastball in, and I was on it."
Harrison Scanlon and Murray drove in a run apiece on extra-base hits in the 10th inning to set the winning margin.
Miller — a first-team all-state selection and .417 hitter as a senior at Lafayette — is now 8-for-14 with a home run, two triples, a double and five RBI in his career against UK.
In his first visit to Cliff Hagan Stadium as a freshman two years ago, Miller suffered a torn labrum when sliding into second base after knocking in two runs on his first at-bat of the game. The Toppers won the game, 6-3, but Miller's season was finished.
He went 2-for-4 with two triples and an RBI in last year's trip to Lexington, a 10-3 loss to the Wildcats.
Tuesday's game will be the sweetest: A healthy victory that included a moment he'll likely never forget. Miller said he had about 20 people on the pass list for this one, and the crowd included his parents, grandparents, his girlfriend and her family, and several of his high school friends.
"It always feels good to come back here, because I get to play in front of friends and family," Miller said. "I try to make them proud and, tonight, I hope I did."
UK Coach Gary Henderson said it was tough to put a "positive spin" on such a heartbreaking loss for the Wildcats, who dropped to 19-16 on the season.
The UK coach was pleased with the pitching performances of Nelson, Dylan Dwyer, Zach Strecker and Logan Salow, who got the Cats almost the entire way while only surrendering one run.
"For eight and two thirds, it was good," Henderson said. "But it's a nine-inning game, and you have to be able to close the door. You have to get all 27 outs, and we just weren't able to tonight. Really pleased with the first 26 though."