John Norwood’s home run in the top of the eighth inning gave Vanderbilt the lead, and the Commodores beat Virginia 3-2 on Wednesday night for their first College World Series championship.
Norwood turned on Nick Howard’s 97 mph fastball and sent it into the left field bullpen to break a 2-2 tie in the third and deciding game of the College World Series finals.
It was Norwood’s third homer of the year, his first since April 19, and Vanderbilt’s first since May 16. It also was only the third home run in 16 CWS games and the 22nd in 72 games by the Commodores (51-21).
Vanderbilt took down UC Irvine 6-4 to remain unbeaten in the 2014 College World Series. Zander Wiel went 2-for-4 with two RBI and a run scored for the Commodores. Showcasing a dazzling arsenal of pitches, Walker Buehler completely silenced UC Irvine’s bats Monday at the most crucial time.
The Vanderbilt Commodores anchored down and scored twelve runs to capture the rubber game of the super-regional series against the Stanford Cardinal’s five spot to advance to the College World Series in Omaha.
“It’s like when your kids come down and they get under the Christmas tree and start opening the presents, that’s what it feels like. I don’t have to be a part of that. All I need to do is get in the dugout and watch the kids celebrate.”
The Vanderbilt Commodores remained in the winners bracket with a solid 7-2 victory over the second-seeded Oregon Ducks on Saturday. They await the winner of the loser’s bracket game between Xavier and Oregon to play in the Regional Championship game at 8 p.m. EST at Hawkins Field. If the commodores were to lose, a second (if necessary) game will be played.