UofL BASEBALL | Cards Punch Ticket To College World Series

06/10/2017 06:47 PM

The Louisville Cardinals jumped out to another quick lead against the Kentucky Wildcats on Saturday afternoon and never looked back.

The Cards (52-10) beat the Wildcats (43-23) for the second straight day to advance to the College World Series.

The final score Saturday was 6-2.

The Cards scored the first two runs of the game.

The first run was courtesy of a Drew Ellis solo home run in the top of the second inning, giving Louisville a 1-0 lead.

The Cardinals scored again three innings later, as Devin Mann brought Logan Taylor home on a sacrifice fly to center field.

UK responded though in the bottom of the fifth inning. Marcus Carson followed Mann’s lead, scoring Wildcat runner Riley Mahan on a sacrifice fly, cutting the Cardinals’ lead in half. Kentucky found itself only trailing 2-1.

UofL answered in the sixth inning, thanks to another solo home run from Drew Ellis, his third home run in two days.

The Cards tacked on another run three batters later when Josh Stowers hit a RBI triple to left field, scoring Devin Hairston, giving UofL a 4-1 lead.

Kentucky looked like it was going to rally then in the seventh inning. The Wildcats had some runners on base when Tristan Pompey hit a RBI single to center, scoring Troy Squires and moving Tyler Marshall to second base. All of a sudden, UK was only trailing 4-2 with the tying run on base.

It was at this point in the game that UofL head coach Dan McDonnell went out to the mound to relieve starting pitcher Brendan McKay. McKay finished the going 6.2 innings, striking out nine batters, allowing only two earned runs. He ultimately would get the win, his tenth of the year.

As he was walking off the field, McKay received a standing ovation from the Louisville fans.

Cardinal pitcher Sam Border, who relieved McKay, was able to get his team out of the jam, allowing no more UK runs the rest of the game.

Louisville tacked on two more runs in the top of the eighth to solidify its lead and the victory.

The win gives the Cardinals their fourth overall trip to the College World Series.

Meanwhile, the UK loss ended Kentucky’s magical season.

Not many expected the Wildcats to achieve so much in head coach Nick Mingione’s first season as head coach in Lexington. The players have spoken all season long about how much Mingione has impacted them. Well, after the game Saturday, Mingione spoke about how much they have impacted his life.

There were 6,237 fans in attendance at Jim Patterson Stadium on Saturday, a stadium record.

Andrew Chernoff

Andrew is a sports anchor and sports managing editor for Spectrum News. He covers sports all across the state of Kentucky for Sports Night, which airs weeknights at 6:30 and 10:30 on Spectrum News. Andrew was a sports anchor and reporter at KFDM/KBTV in Beaumont, Texas for four years before making the move back home to the Midwest. He is originally from Carmel, Indiana and majored in broadcast journalism and political science at Syracuse University.

When he’s not on the air or in the field covering sports, you can likely find Andrew playing golf, watching IndyCar and Formula 1 races, or exploring the state of Kentucky. His favorite sport is open-wheel racing. In fact, he has not missed an Indianapolis 500 since the early 2000s.

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