Thursday, June 26, 2014

Vanderbilt beats Virginia 3-2 to win College World Series

Dansby Swanson (7) celebrates his first-inning run. / Steven Branscombe, USA TODAY Sports
The moment Vanderbilt fans have dreamed about their entire lives became a reality on Wednesday evening.

For the first time in Vanderbilt men's athletics history, the Commodores are national champions.

Vanderbilt center fielder John Norwood forever etched himself into Commodores lore with the game-winning home run in the top of the eighth inning, turning a 97-mph fastball from first-round pick Nick Howard around and planting it into the bullpen behind left field to break a tie ballgame.

The Commodores finished off the College World Series on Wednesday with a 3-2 win over Virginia in the deciding game of the national championship series.

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