OMAHA, Ne. - Since leaving the Kentucky baseball program following the 2008 season, John Cohen has faired pretty well at his alma mater, and now has it two wins away from its first ever College World Series championship.
Cohen and Mississippi State will meet UCLA in game one of the championship series Monday night in Omaha. The Bulldogs are 8-1 in the NCAA tournament this season, including 3-0 at the World Series, but Cohen says the biggest thing is his players are having fun.
"I think our kids are really grounded and they're just looking forward to this opportunity," says Cohen, who coached at Kentucky from 2004 to 2008. "I think the one thing our kids have been able to do is have fun through it all. Through three hours and an airplane hanger in Charlottesville, Virginia, they had fun. When they're practicing, they're having fun. When they're hanging out on the bench, they're having fun. I think that's our identity. That's part of who we are and we're going to continue to do that. We're going to do our very best against of the great teams, great coaching staffs in the country today."