This was Vinko Bogataj hurtling down the ski jump at full speed.
You could see disaster coming for Kentucky's Wildcats.
Bogataj is best known as the face of "agony of defeat" on ABC's Wide World of Sports, the wayward ski-jumper who crashes when he should be taking off.
Unlike Bogataj, though, UK turned agony into ecstasy.
Lance Ray's three-run homer capped a four-run ninth inning as the Wildcats walked off with an 11-9 victory over defending NCAA champion LSU at Cliff Hagan Stadium on Friday night.
"I was real excited," Ray said after teammate Luke Maile nailed him in the face with a shaving-cream pie, much to the delight of the rest of the Wildcats. "We've had a bunch of walk-off hits against us this year and, to get one back in a big game, that's what we needed to spark the team up a little bit."
The Wildcats (27-23, 10-15 SEC) are still contenders in the SEC Tournament race. UK began the night in 10th place, a game behind Alabama. The Cats remain two back of Tennessee. Only the top eight teams will qualify for the tournament.
The Tigers (34-16, 12-13) lost for the 10th time in 12 games, but still sit seventh.
"It's really nice to have one go our way," UK Coach Gary Henderson said. "Really, really nice to have the kids feel what it's like to come back and throw up a four-spot in the bottom of the ninth and walk away smiling."
Ray, Chad Wright, Andy Burns and Keenan Wiley led UK's 11-hit attack with two each. Ray, who also had a three-run homer in the first inning, drove in six runs and scored three. Wright also scored three.
There would have been no chance for late-inning heroics, though, if not for freshman reliever Walter Wijas. The right-hander came on in the fourth inning, UK trailing 9-3, and fired 41⁄3 innings of two-hit relief. He struck out three and walked one.
"I had everything going," Wijas said. "Everything was down. Everything was going where I wanted it to go."
UK chipped away at the deficit with a run in the fourth and three in the fifth.
Burns singled in the fourth, then moved around the bases on a groundout and a pair of wild pitches by LSU starter Anthony Ranaudo.
Wright led off the fifth with a single. Ranaudo walked the next three batters to force in a run and get knocked out of the game. Another run scored when Burns reached on a fielder's choice, a third on Wiley's base hit.
Paul Bertuccini, who replaced Ranaudo, was taken down in the ninth inning as LSU Coach Paul Mainieri went to Matty Ott (3-3) — the SEC leader in saves (11).
Brian Adams led off with a double down the left-field line, taking another base when left fielder Johnny Dishon booted the ball. Adams scored on Chris Bisson's groundout.
Wright and Gunner Glad drew back-to-back walks.
Ray worked the count to 3-1. Then, he sent the ball into the darkness, well over the right-field wall.
"I was just looking for something up that I could drive and got it," Ray said, "got the barrel to it, hammered it."
Ray's first-inning homer, to center, followed singles by Wright and Glad.
LSU got a solo homer from Micah Gibbs in the first inning, a two-run shot by Matt Gaudet in the second and a three-run blast by Blake Dean in the fourth.
The Tigers' other three runs came in the third via Alex Edward's single, Gaudet's sacrifice fly and one of UK's three errors in the game.
Gibbs had three of LSU's 13 hits. Dean, Gaudet and Leon Landry had two each.