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The Bat Cats are headed to Omaha for the first time in program history

Kentucky clinched its spot in the College World Series after a 3-2 win over Oregon State in game two, sweeping the Beavers in the Lexington Super Regional.
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Posted at 12:14 AM, Jun 10, 2024

LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — In front of another record-breaking crowd at Kentucky Proud Park, with 7,558 fans in attendance, the Cats clinched their spot in the College World Series for the first time in program history.

The NCAA announced on Monday night the game will take place on Saturday at 2 p.m.

Kentucky swept Oregon State in the Lexington Super Regional with a 3-2 win in game two after midnight on Monday.

Nolan McCarthy got the offense going in the top of the second and drilled an RBI double down the left-field line. Thanks to the wall, Ryan Nicholson turned up the speed for the first run of the game.

Top of the fourth, McCarthy executed a perfect bunt to bring in Mitchell Daly. Cats took the 2-0 lead.

Mason Moore looked to extend his postseason scoreless inning streak on the mound but fell apart in the fourth inning.

After two walks in the fourth tied the game at 2-2, Kentucky made a pitching change, bringing in Cameron O'Brien.

Moore finished his postseason streak pitching 23.2 innings without a single run.

He finished tonight's game pitching 3.1 innings with no hits, two runs and four strikeouts.

O'Brien pitched three innings with one hit, no runs and five strikeouts.

In the top of the seventh, Nolan McCarthy ran home from second after a wild pitch for a strikeout RBI.

There was a little bit of a scare in the bottom of the ninth. After two pitching changes, Johhny Hummel sealed the deal with the strikeout.

Tonight's win tied the single-season record for wins in a season with 45. It's the eighth season the Cats have had 40 wins or more, and it's the first time in program history with back-to-back seasons of 40 wins or more.

Kentucky will play the winner of Georgia and NC State. That series is currently tied 1-1. Game three is Monday night at 7.