The Louisville Cardinals baseball team open play at home Friday against Morehead State in the NCAA Tournament.

U of L is seeded third nationally and is hosting an NCAA regional for the third straight year.

Being a host school not only gives U of L the luxury of playing in friendly confines, but it allows them some extra preparation time for the double-elimination regional.

“We’re doing everything that we’ve done all year,” Sophomore outfielder Nick Solak said. “Really, when it comes down to it, we’re squeezing everything that we worked on offensively, defensively, pitching-wise.”

Morehead State has won 27 of its last 34 games.

“I know they’re a good club—I think all 64 teams in the run to Omaha are very good,” Cardinals hitting coach Eric Snider said. “I think they’ll probably have very good starting pitching, a good bullpen as well as their closer.”

The game begins at 6 p.m. at Jim Patterson Stadium.

Michigan and Bradley square off in the other opener in Louisville.

Rick Howlett is host of WFPL's weekly talk show, "In Conversation."