Vanderbilt Edges UVA 3-2 For CWS Title

ERIC OLSON    AP Sports Writer

OMAHA, Neb. (AP) – 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 national 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).

The Cavaliers (53-16) loaded the bases with one out in the eighth when Adam Ravenelle hit Kenny Towns. But Mike Papi was forced out at home on a chopper to Ravenelle, and Brandon Downes grounded out.

At TD Ameritrade Park Omaha

Omaha, Neb.

Double Elimination

Saturday, June 14

UC Irvine 3, Texas 1

Vanderbilt 5, Louisville 3

Sunday, June 15

TCU 3, Texas Tech 2

Virginia 2, Mississippi 1

Monday, June 16

Texas 4, Louisville 1, Louisville eliminated

Vanderbilt 6, UC Irvine 4

Tuesday, June 17

Mississippi 2, Texas Tech 1, Texas Tech eliminated

Virginia 3, TCU 2, 15 innings

Wednesday, June 18

Texas 1, UC Irvine 0, UC Irvine eliminated

Thursday, June 19

Mississippi 6, TCU 4, TCU eliminated

Friday, June 20

Texas 4,  Vanderbilt 0

Virginia 0, Mississippi 0, top 2nd, susp., lightning

Saturday, June 21

Virginia 4, Mississippi 1, Mississippi eliminated

Vanderbilt 4, Texas 3, 10 innings, Texas eliminated

Championship Series

All Times EDT

(Best-of-3)

Monday, June 23:

Vanderbilt 9, Virginia 8

Tuesday, June 24: Virginia 7,  Vanderbilt 2

Wednesday, June 25:

Vanderbilt 3, Virginia 2, Vanderbilt wins championship 2-1

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