WACO, Texas (KWTX) The week just keeps getting better for the family of Lady Bears coach Kim Mulkey after Mulkey’s team, on which her daughter, Makenzie, serves as an assistant, won the NCAA women’s basketball championship Sunday in Tampa, Fla.
Forty-eight hours after the Lady Bears won the title, Mukey’s son, Kramer Robertson, who plays Double-A baseball with the Cardinals in Springfield, Mo., hit a home run off three-time Cy Young award winner and National League MVP Clayton Kershaw.
Kershaw was pitching in front of a sold-out crowd for the Tulsa Drillers in his much-anticipated injury rehabilitation start.
"I was waiting all night for one pitch, a fastball up, and I finally got it and I didn't miss it," Robertson said.
Robertson's solo home run tied the game 1-1, although his team eventually lost 3-2.
He’s in only his third season in professional baseball following a stellar career as shortstop at LSU.
Robertson said the homerun was the least he could do for his family who had already accomplished so much this week while he was away.
"I felt obligated to try and do something cool for the family after seeing mom, Makenzie, and Kannon (Mulkey's grandson) cutting down the nets this week," he said.
"It's hard to get much better than this."
Robertson helped cut down the nets in both 2005 and 2012 when his mom's team won national titles, but he couldn't make it this year because of his own job.
Instead the Midway graduate actually had to catch the game on his phone on a team bus from Fayetteville to Tulsa, as teammates gathered around, hanging on every play.
When the buzzer sounded Sunday in Tampa, Robertson placed a Facetime call to his brother-in-law, Clay Fuller, who, surprisingly answered.
"I didn't really expect him to answer but when it connected it was mom already holding the phone. I couldn't think of anything to say in the moment so I just started screaming at her," Robertson said.
Editor’s note: Robertson hit another home run Wednesday against the same team, but off a different pitcher