John Norwood's tie-breaking homer into the left-field bullpen against Nick Howard in the eighth inning Wednesday night at TD Ameritrade Park delivered a 3-2 victory over Virginia that gave the Commodores' their first national championship in a men's sport.
“Anchor down! I’m ready for it. We’re going to win this game tonight,” one fan said as she walked into Vanderbilt Stadium.
The fans on the field knew they were going to watch history in the making.
“This is it, this is the finals, this is it. It doesn't get any better than this,” a fan said from the field.
Nearly 2,000 came out to watch the game. As the night moved along, the fans never wavered in support for the team. Many of them have followed the team for years.
“It’s just the first chance we have to win a championship. It’s history in the making,” said Isaac Conklin.
He used a bongo drum to get the crowd going, because it was all on the line.
“Now that we’re in the national college world series we've got a chance to bring home a national championship, that's that’s just almost too much to believe sometimes,” Brad Conklin explained.
A group of Nashville natives traveled all the way from their college in Louisville to watch the final games of the College World Series.
"I mean it’s just a once in a lifetime deal to watch," Brad Davis said.
Virginia (53-15) had forced the third game after Vanderbilt (50-21) rode a nine-run third inning to a 9-8 victory in the opener Monday night.
It was the Commodores first national title in a men's team sport. Vanderbilt's only previous national team championship is a women's bowling crown in 2007.
(The Associated Press Contributed To This Report.)