If it seems like every year the expectation for Vanderbilt is the college World Series, it is.
After turning out countless major league players the Commodores are in their 13th straight season with an appearance in the NCAA tournament.
Just getting there is not enough for most of the players due to the recent success the team has enjoyed over the last few seasons.
After winning the National Championship in 2014 the Commodores followed it up with a 2nd place finish in 2015 and the expectation now is to make it to Omaha every year.
In 7 of the last 9 seasons, Vanderbilt has either made it to the college World Series or won a regional championship putting them two wins away from an appearance.
Their recent track record has set a high bar which head coach Tim Corbin knows is there but says every year is different from the next.
Tim Corbin, Vanderbilt head coach: “we don’t talk about trying to be last year’s team or the team of 2014 but the kids you know you go through our facility you got it splattered all over the walls so if you come up short you’re thinking we’re not that team well they don’t have to be that team they can do it a different way and I think this team has found a way to do it with there own personality and their own trademark and for that I’m proud of them.”
Vanderbilt needs two wins against Mississippi State this weekend to get back to Omaha for the first time since 2015.
Game one is at Hawkins field Friday at 7:00 p.m.