Prior to climbing on the team bus to catch a flight to Omaha on Thursday afternoon, junior Jeff Gardner described it as a trip to, "The Promised Land."
First baseman Zak Wasserman, the 2013 Team Captain, is the only member of the squad that has been with Louisville for four years.
"It's really special," said Wasserman before finding his seat on the bus.
The Cardinals conducted their third practice session of the week on Thursday morning, marking the last time the product of Stevensville (Mich.) Lakeshore High School will do so at Jim Patterson Stadium.
"Coming off the practice field today, I turned to Wass and said, 'wow, this is your last practice out here," said Gardner, a three-year junior. "No matter what happens, that was his last practice out there. It's crazy to think about how fast things can go by."
Wasserman, who has a .421 on base percentage in the postseason, has had a few clutch hits during Super Regional play. In game one, he drove a ball to center to sacrifice the Cardinals first run and an RBI single in the 7th sparked a 3 run inning. He also drove in a crucial run in the Cardinals 2-1 Omaha clinching victory over the Commodores.
"This is my last chance to play some college baseball with these guys," said Wasserman. "I don't want to let any of them down."
Wasserman referred to his time at Louisville to a 2007 hit song by country artist Kenny Chesney.
"I've been telling the guys that it's like the Kenny Chesney song 'Don't Blink.'" he explained. "This was the fastest four years of my life. I thought high school went by fast, but this has been the greatest ride that I could have ever been apart of."