The University of Louisville got key contributions from a lot of players as the Cardinals won the NCAA Regional on Sunday night at Jim Patterson Stadium.
Freshman Josh Rogers got the win, Nick Burdi the save and Cole Sturgeon was named MVP with several others coming up huge in a 4-1 win over Kentucky before 4,319 fans.
"So many guys contributed," U of L coach Dan McDonnell said. "It was a team effort."
The Cardinals are in the Super Regional for the fourth time in eight years after making it to the College World Series last season.
U of L (48-15) will play either Alabama or Kennesaw State next weekend at home. The dates and times will be set after all the Regional Tournaments are completed on Monday.
Tickets are already being sold at www.gocards.com. The U of L ticket office will be open on Monday at 9 a.m.
"The fans were awesome this whole weekend," Sturgeon said. "We get the chance to play in front of them again, it's great for us. They were great. It was a great atmosphere. It was a lot of fun to play in front of them."
Sturgeon was named MVP after several outstanding defensive plays. He was 4-for-11 with three runs scored at the plate and also pitched 1.2 innings against Kansas on Saturday.
"It's a great honor, but I wouldn't be here without all of the guys in the locker room," Sturgeon said. "It's a team effort."
In the final game, third baseman Alex Chittenden was 3-for-5 at the plate with an RBI. Seven other players had one hit apiece, while freshmen Nick Solak and Corey Ray each had an RBI for the Cardinals.
The start of the game was delayed 3 hours and 55 minutes because of inclement weather.
U of L scored a run in the third.
Louisville scored three runs in the seventh inning after getting six innings of four-hit, one-run ball from Josh Rogers.
Nick Burdi picked up the save by pitching in the bottom of the ninth inning.
The Cardinals didn't dog pile after the win and Burdi said "the dog piles are coming."