About 4,000 fans packed Vanderbilt’s indoor practice facility Thursday afternoon to celebrate the school’s first ever national championship in baseball.
The Commodores beat Virginia 3-2 Wednesday night to cap their historic run. It’s also the first championship for any of the Men’s athletic programs. They have been playing baseball and other varsity sports for over 100 years and it has been a long and sometimes painful wait for Vanderbilt fans.
Head Coach Tim Corbin has been at Vanderbilt for 12 seasons and said he understood the fans hung in for a long time, “They did and I know that... And a whole lot longer than I did. That's fulfilling too. Just to be able to do something for this school that they can all rally behind.”
College World Series MVP also understood this teams spot in school history saying, “Alumni and everybody, Vanderbilt fans have been wanting for this for years and years and years. To finally be a part of that history is an unbelievable honor.”
Of all of Vanderbilt’s teams, the baseball team certainly looked like the most serious contender to end the drought over the last decade. Corbin has taken them to 10 NCAA Tournaments in 12 years and he has taken the Dores to Omaha twice for the College World Series.
Championship game hero John Norwood indicated the wait for the next title may not take quite so long say, “Things have changed you know, we've got great coaches, new coaches all around here in the programs. I think coach Mason is getting ready to do a really good job with the football program, look forward to seeing that. Coach Corbin is the greatest, he's the greatest of all-time.”
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