David Climer of the Tennessean writes this morning that no one deserves a national championship more than Vanderbilt baseball coach Tim Corbin, who got his title last night when the Commodores beat Virginia 3-2 in the deciding game of the College World Series.
“It couldn’t happen to a more deserving team or a nicer guy,” Climer writes.
It was Vanderbilt’s first national title in a men’s sport.
After beating Virginia on Monday night, the ‘Dores were spanked 7-2 on Tuesday, forcing a winner-take-all game on Tuesday. With the game tied 2-2, Vandy’s John Norwood homered in the top of the eighth for what turned out to be the winning run.
An assistant coach at Clemson for nine years, Corbin became Vandy’s head coach in 2002-03. This was his ninth straight appearance in the NCAA Tournament andhis team’s second College World Series. The Commodores were 2-2 in the 2011 CWS.
Record-wise, this was not his best team. Last year, Vandy won 54 games but was swept by Louisville in the Super Regional. This year, Vanderbilt was just 17-13 in the SEC, finishing third in the Eastern Division behind Florida (21-9) and South Carolina (18-12). But Vanderbilt played its best baseball when it needed to.
And if you haven’t heard, Vanderbilt pitcher Brian Miller took time out from the post-game celebration to get down on one knee and propose to his girlfriend — who said yes.
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The other neat thing about the Vandy title was the number of people who gathered at Vanderbilt Stadium, sitting on the turf field at the football field and watching the game on the video screen in the end zone.
It should be noted that Kentucky lost two of three in late March to the Commodores in Nashville. UK won the first game 4-2, but lost 9-3 and 6-2.
One other note: an ACC team has not won the College World Series since Wake Forest in 1955.