LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) — Louisville's upperclassmen hope their familiarity with the College World Series and opening-round opponent Vanderbilt helps them get off to a good start in the tournament.
The Cardinals (50-15) are making their second straight appearance in Omaha, Nebraska, and third in the past seven years under coach Dan McDonnell. They're also the only team returning from last spring, their first appearance since 2007 and one that ended quickly.
Louisville returns with a better understanding of the atmosphere, and its veterans aim to use that knowledge Saturday night against the Commodores (46-19). The Cardinals are certainly familiar with the Commodores, having swept them in last year's super regional and beaten them in last month in Nashville, Tennessee.