NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Louisville’s phenomenal year in sports will end with its baseball team making a trip to the College World Series.
The Cardinals advanced Sunday with a 2-1 win to sweep No. 2 overall seed Vanderbilt in a NCAA super regional. Louisville heads to its second College World Series and adds to a season of accomplishment for the school on the heels of a men’s basketball national championship, a women’s basketball national runner-up and a Sugar Bowl victory.
“You become a product of your society and fortunately we’ve got a lot of success going on that campus,” Louisville coach Dan McDonnell said. “Credit to our kids for doing their part. It is a great university and a great sports city.”
Catcher Kyle Gibson squeezed the final strike tight before spiking the ball and pitcher Cody Ege slung his glove into the air as a dog pile ensued on the mound. Louisville (51-12) continued its unbeaten streak in the postseason, winning all five regional and super regional games.
The Cardinals set a program record for single-season wins and are going to the CWS and Omaha, Neb., for the first time since 2007.
Vanderbilt’s Zander Wiel homered in the sixth inning to account for the only extra-base hit of the series. The Commodores (54-12) stranded 11 runners for the second consecutive game. Vanderbilt won the Southeastern Conference regular-season championship, but lost to the same team twice for the first time all season.
INDIANA 11, FLORIDA STATE 6
In Tallahassee, Fla., Sam Travis hit a tiebreaking two-run homer, and Indiana
(48-14) beat Florida State (47-17) to reach the College World Series for the first time in school history.
“This is certainly uncharted territory for us,” Indiana coach Tracy Smith said. “We’re thrilled, we’re happy but we feel like we have a lot of work left to do.”
Indiana is the first Big Ten team since Michigan in 1984 to reach the CWS.
The Hoosiers made the NCAA Tournament for just the third time and were in their first super regional. But they played with plenty of poise on the road, sweeping the Seminoles.
Will Coursen-Carr (5-0) pitched four innings of relief for Indiana, allowing just one earned run. Coursen-Carr earned the win in the Big Ten tournament final, regional title game and super regional clincher.
After Florida State scored three runs in the top of the fifth to tie the game 5-5, Travis gave the Hoosiers the lead for good in the bottom of the inning.
Scott Sitz (10-2) allowed seven runs, six of them earned, in 4-plus innings.