LOUISVILLE, Ky. (AP) - Looking at the way Kennesaw State coach Mike Sansing has built his program reminds Louisville coach Dan McDonnell of his start with the Cardinals.
The teams meet this weekend with a berth in the College World Series on the line.
Though the Cardinals (48-15) are looking to make their third CWS appearance since McDonnell arrived in 2007, he recalls the struggles of building a title contender from scratch. The Cardinals hadn't won an NCAA tournament game before he was hired.
Kennesaw State (40-22) is in its first NCAA tournament since transitioning from Division II in 2006. Junior catcher Max Pentecost is a finalist for the Dick Howser Award, presented to the player of the year, after leading the nation with 110 hits and ranking second with a .423 batting average.
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