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On Sunday night, the Kentucky Wildcats secured a 3-2 victory over the Oregon State Beavers in the Lexington Super Regional, advancing to the College World Series for the first time in the program’s history.

The Wildcats, seeded second in the NCAA tournament, held off the 15th-seeded Beavers in a tight contest, with a key moment coming in the seventh inning when Nolan McCarthy scored from second base on a wild pitch to take the lead.

Kentucky’s pitching staff was impressive, holding Oregon State to just two hits throughout the game. The Wildcats’ defense also played a crucial role, with a diving stop by third baseman Mitchell Daly in the ninth inning helping to secure the win.

The victory capped off a remarkable season for Kentucky, which began with the team being picked to finish fifth in the SEC East by league coaches and not ranked in any of the major preseason polls.

The Wildcats’ win over Oregon State followed a 10-0 victory in the series opener, where Kentucky’s offense was dominant, scoring 10 runs on 10 hits.

The sweep of the best-of-three series secured Kentucky’s place in the College World Series, marking a historic achievement for the program.