|Vanderbilt’s John Norwood celebrates the Commodores’ win (photo / ncaa.com)|
by Boxer Journal, July 26, 2014
The Vanderbilt Commodores baseball team earned its first national championship, and just the school’s second ever, on Wednesday night when they defeated the Virginia Cavaliers, 3-2.
John Norwood, the Commodores’ junior centerfielder, hit a tie-breaking home run in the top of the eighth that proved the difference. Norwood showed his quick hands and better timing as he pulled a 97-mph offering from Cavaliers’ reliever Nick Howard down the left field line and into the bullpen.
For Norwood it was only his third homer of the year, and his first since April 19. Omaha’s TD Ameritrade Park has become known as a graveyard for long fly balls, as it was only the third homer in 16 CWS games this year. Those were not stats Norwood had in mind after his swing in the eighth
“I thought it was absolutely gone as soon as I hit it,” he said after the game.
The Commodores finished the season with a 51-21 mark, while the Cavaliers closed out with a 53-16 record.
Maryland finished the season as the ACC’s second-best team nationally, behind only CWS runner-up Virginia.