LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Both baseball powers from the state of Kentucky prepared for their Friday opponents in the NCAA Tournament with the specter of a possible third meeting of the season, this time in an elimination game hanging over their heads.
The University of Louisville took BP on Thursday morning as they get ready to take on Kent State. Now don't let the fact that they come out of the MAC fool you. The Golden Flashes are the only other team besides UofL to make an appearance in Omaha in this region. "We know how good they are, and we just feel like the first inning of the Kent State game is the most important inning of the Regional," said UofL head coach, Dan McDonnell.
National Player of the Year winner, A-J Reed and the Kentucky Wildcats are taking on a Kansas team that hasn't been to a regional in four years. "The first game's obviously the most important one. We don't want to start off in a hole and have to work our way back," said Reed. "The only thing I can tell you is you've gotta win that game. Is it impossible if you lose? No it's not impossible," said UK head coach, Gary Henderson.
With the Cats and the Cards playing in the same Region, the possibility of a third matchup this season is on the front of everyone's mind, except for the coaches and players. "There's no guarantee we're playing one of the two teams on the other side, and there's a good chance we won't. Every Regional we host, there's one team we don't seem to play," said McDonnell. Henderson agreed that his team's focus needs to be on the Jayhawks, not the Cards. "We need to do everything we can to play well tomorrow at two. And then, whoever we have is whoever we have," said Henderson.
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