Another round of the NCAA Tournament, another regular season opponent for the Commodores. Vanderbilt and Louisville will rekindle one of the best rivalries in college baseball on Saturday when the two programs face off on the opening afternoon of the 2014 College World Series.
The two teams have made the Battle of the Barrel a must-see game to watch every April, but that non-conference showdown has just been a primer for some heavy postseason action. The Commodores and Cardinals have met in four of the last six NCAA Tournaments. That familiarity has bred a special brand of contempt between the two programs. Louisville fans won't be happy to see Vandy on Saturday - and vice versa.
Louisville's hot-tempered play hasn't just been limited to games against Tim Corbin's team. The Cardinals emptied their bench twice against in-state rival Kentucky before winning their Regional. Expect that intensity to ramp up in Omaha, especially amongst veterans who remember just how much they hate the guys standing in the dugout across from them. Saturday's matchup may be a well-mannered affair, but there's an equal chance that Tim Corbin leaves TD Ameritrade Stadium looking for a local trophy shop that can mount Alex Chittenden's right arm for him to take back to Nashville.