College World Series – Kentucky Wildcats win their first-ever trip to the College World Series

LEXINGTON, KY - JUNE 09: Kentucky infielder Ryan Nicholson (25) runs the bases in an NCAA super regional game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Kentucky Wildcats on June 9, 2024, at Kentucky Proud Park in Lexington, KY. (Photo by Jeff Moreland/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) SOURCE: Icon Sportswire
LEXINGTON, KY – JUNE 09: Kentucky infielder Ryan Nicholson (25) runs the bases in an NCAA super regional game between the Oregon State Beavers and the Kentucky Wildcats on June 9, 2024, at Kentucky Proud Park in Lexington, KY. (Photo by Jeff Moreland/Icon Sportswire via Getty Images) SOURCE: Icon Sportswire

Kentucky Wildcats win their first-ever trip to the College World Series

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In a thrilling showdown that stretched into the late hours of Sunday night, the Kentucky Wildcats clinched a hard-fought 3-2 victory over Oregon State in the Lexington Super Regional, sealing a decisive best-of-three game series sweep.

The jubilation spilled over into the early hours of Monday morning as the game kicked off at 9 p.m. and concluded close to midnight.

Nolan McCarthy emerged as a hero for the Wildcats, doubling and ultimately scoring the crucial go-ahead run from second base on a wild pitch during the tense seventh inning. This pivotal moment secured the win for Kentucky, the tournament’s second seed, over the determined 15th-seeded Beavers.

Kentucky, boasting a stellar 45-14 record, claimed its inaugural super regional championship in dramatic fashion. The Wildcats had set the stage for their triumph with a commanding 10-0 victory, highlighted by a one-hitter, in the series opener on Saturday. This marked a historic milestone for the school, which had never before tasted victory in a super regional. Remarkably, Kentucky had never even held a lead in their two previous appearances. The shutout was only the second time in Oregon State’s storied NCAA Tournament history of 128 games that they had been held scoreless.

The Wildcats initially seized a 1-0 advantage in the second inning when Ryan Nicholson’s single, coupled with a double down the left-field line by McCarthy, allowed him to race home all the way from first base.

Despite the Beavers’ valiant efforts, rallying to tie the game 2-2 in the bottom of the fourth inning courtesy of bases-loaded walks to Wilson Weber and Brady Kasper, they ultimately fell short against Kentucky’s determined resolve.

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