Nick Solak’s two-run homer in the top of the fifth inning propelled the Louisville Cardinals to a 7-4 win over Kennesaw State on Saturday night, sending the Cards to their second straight College World Series and third in school history.
The Cardinals have made it to the College World Series three times since coach Dan McDonnell was hired in 2007. Before his arrival in Louisville, the Cardinals had never won a game in the NCAA tournament.
Kennesaw State catcher Max Pentecost, the 11th pick in the Major League Baseball draft, gave the Owls a lead with a bases-loaded, two-run double in the bottom of the third. Through three innings, the Owls led 4-2.
But Louisville’s Cole Sturgeon singled in a run with one out in the fifth, and he was on first when Solak’s high fly ball cleared the left-field fence.
U of L will face Vanderbilt in their College World Series opener Saturday night in Omaha, Nebraska.