John Norwood slammed a tiebreaking solo home run in the top of the eighth inning on Wednesday night to give Vanderbilt a 3-2 victory over Virginia and the Commodores’ first College World Series baseball championship.
It was only Norwood’s third home run of the year, his team’s first since May 16 and just the 25th in the four years the College World Series has been played in Omaha’s new TD Ameritrade Park.
A comeback by Virginia (53-16) in the bottom of the eighth inning was snuffed out when Vanderbilt reliever Adam Ravenelle got the Cavaliers’ Brandon Downes to ground out with the bases loaded.
The earlier two runs for the Commodores (51-21) were both set up by errors. Virginia, likewise, tied the score by scoring a pair of runs on an error on a bases-loaded ground ball in the sixth inning.
Vanderbilt won the best-of-three championship series 2-games-to-1.
Commodores second baseman Dansby Swanson was named the CWS Most Outstanding Player. Swanson hit .323 in the overall CWS with two RBI’s, five runs scored and three stolen bases.