Jeff Thompson kept the Vanderbilt hitters in check for seven innings, allowing just one run - a solo home run off the bat of Zander Wiel - on three hits and the Cardinals bullpen finished the job, as the University of Louisville defeated Vanderbilt 2-1 on Sunday to earn a trip to the College World Series.
The Cardinals scored their two runs in the second inning after Jeff Gardner drew a walk and was moved around the bases on singles Kyle Gibson and Zak Wasserman. Gibson scored the second run when Sutton Whiting hit a 2-out single to center field.
The victory set a new school record for wins in a season, as the Cardinals improved to 51-12.
Louisville advances to the College World Series for the second time in the programs history. Also a participant in 2007, the Cardinals will face the Indiana Hoosiers.
Louisville faced the Hoosiers three times this season, losing the first two meetings, including the season-opener, before taking the final game 4-3 on May 8.
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