On Tuesday, the College World Series bound Louisville baseball team practiced for the first time since sweeping Vanderbilt on Sunday.
On a warm afternoon, the Cardinals worked on fundemantals and improving in key areas as they began preparations for its College World Series opener against Indiana on Saturday night.
"We came out to try and get better," said junior third baseman Ty Young. "We're not trying to win a National Championship with this practice, we're just trying to get better for our first game against Indiana."
Dan McDonnell's squad appeared relaxed as they ran through their drills and batting practice.
"Today was our first practice and there was good spirit," said McDonnell. "Good energy. Good focus. We were pretty good today, but we need to do that tomorrow and we need to do that Thursday before we fly out."
The Cardinals and Hoosiers have met three times this season. Indiana claimed the first two, including a 2-0 win in the season-opener at the Big East/Big Ten Challenge. On May 8, at a packed Jim Patterson Stadium, Louisville responded with a 4-3 victory over the 14th-ranked Hoosiers.
The focus at practice was on improving themselves, including improved fielding and sacrifice opportunities.
"We have to pitch well and we've done that for the whole year," said Young. "We're going to have to play defense well and we have to do a better job of bunting. We need to get guys over and put some guys in scoring position."
Louisville will conduct another open practice on Wednesday, as well as final workout on Thursday before flying to Omaha later in the day.
Dan McDonnell announced following Tuesday's practice that Chad Green will get the start on Saturday, with Jeff Thompson taking the mound on Monday.
"We'll do like what did in Nashville and have Kime available either Saturday or Monday."
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