Vanderbilt baseball emerged atop the college baseball world once again on Wednesday. The Commodores beat Michigan, 8-2, in Game 3 of the College World Series to clinch their second NCAA title in program history.
A barreling freight train of momentum had carried Michigan through the postseason and into the finals of the College World Series. On Monday, Vanderbilt learned of the Wolverines' red-hot trajectory firsthand. The Commodores fell to the Wolverines, 7-4, in Game 1 of the College World Series finals at TD Ameritrade Park.
When Erik Bakich first arrived at Clemson as a volunteer assistant on its baseball staff in 2002, he met an assistant named Tim Corbin. Almost immediately, Bakich sensed a unique professionalism about Corbin, and he felt drawn to emulate his new coaching colleague's process.
A pitchers' duel. A blown lead. A ninth-inning rally. Oh, and some colorful on-field chatter for good measure. Vanderbilt's College World Series rematch with Louisville on Friday featured a little bit of everything, a unique recipe of drama that amounted to must-see TV at TD Ameritrade Park.
Vanderbilt needed to break open its game against Mississippi State on Wednesday. Enter Stephen Scott.
The Commodore senior injected a jolt of energy into Vanderbilt's offense in its second game of the College World Series in Omaha, belting two home runs to power Vandy to a 6-3 win over the Bulldogs at TD Ameritrade Park.
If Martin was nervous for his first at-bat in the College World Series, he did not look it. Instead, he launched a leadoff home run in the bottom of the first inning against Louisville in both teams' openers in Omaha.
The chant from the Hawkins Field crowd said it all late Sunday night, as Vanderbilt's baseball team congregated on its home green turf in front of a few hundred of its most loyal supporters. Moments earlier, the Commodores had closed out the Nashville Super Regional with a dominant 13-2 win over Duke.
When Beth Hewitt took over as Vanderbilt lacrosse coach in the spring of 2018, one of her first priorities was to lobby for an international trip for her program. It had been several seasons since the Commodores had ventured abroad, and Hewitt wanted to put her stamp on the program early.
Vanderbilt had been accustomed to finding itself on the winning end of many one-sided games this season. On Friday, the Commodores experienced the opposite effect: an opponent taking them to task on the field, and on the scoreboard.
Tim Corbin might be the head baseball coach at Vanderbilt, but at his heart, he's a fan of the game. While his Commodores have been excelling in NCAA postseason action, Corbin has had a unique interest in the performance of other teams – namely East Carolina, Michigan and Oklahoma State. That's because the three head coaches at those programs are former Corbin assistants at Vanderbilt.
When opportunity knocked, Ty Duvall was there to answer. Duvall, Vanderbilt's junior catcher, was the light that sparked a game-changing offensive surge for Vanderbilt during its NCAA Regional final matchup with Indiana State on Sunday.