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3:18 pm
Wed June 11, 2014

For U of L' s Grant Kay, College World Series Also a Homecoming

The Louisville Cardinals are bound for Omaha, Nebraska  to begin play in the college baseball World Series this weekend.           

Cards' first baseman Grant Kay is a native of Omaha, Nebraska, the home of the College World Series.
Credit Rick Howlett

U of L takes on Vanderbilt Saturday at 8:00pm Eastern time in their opening round game.

This World Series berth is an extra special milestone for Cardinals’ first baseman Grant Kay.   The junior college transfer is an Omaha native.

"It’s going to be tough to stay focused, but I don’t think it makes sense for me to go down there and get caught up too much (in it)," Kay said during the Cards' final practice Wednesday at U of L's Jim Patterson Stadium."

"I’ve been thinking about playing in the College World Series since I was a little kid, so I just want to go and play free and have fun."

Kay, who came to U of L from Iowa Western Community College, grew up a short bike ride from Omaha's Rosenblatt Stadium, the longtime home of the College World Series.    The series is now played at TD Ameritrade Park.  

He says he's been inundated with text messages, calls and Tweets from hometown family and friends  since the Cards clinched their World Series berth, but is trying to stay focused on the next game. 

"I have a lot of supporters out there," he said.     

First baseman Grant Kay speaks to the media Wednesday at U of L's Jim Patterson Stadium.
Credit Rick Howlett

U of L has faced Vanderbilt once this season, defeating the Commodores 11-7 last month in Nashville.

The Cards also beat Vanderbilt in regional play last year en route to their second overall  College World Series.    U of L has now advanced to the series three times in eight years. 

Kyle Funkhouser will be the Cards’ starting pitcher Saturday night.