Coming into the College World Series finals this year, we knew that we were getting the two best teams that college baseball had to offer in the Virginia Cavaliers and the Vanderbilt Commodores. They proved that by taking the series to the maximum three games, but after Wednesday night, there could only be one winner, and one national champion.
That team, in the end, was the Vanderbilt Commodores as they were able to defeat the Cavaliers in the decisive Game 3, 3-2.
Vanderbilt got off to the early lead in the first inning at 1-0 when Danby Swanson scored off a throwing error following his steal of third.
In the sixth inning, things got very interesting as the Commodores first took a 3-2 lead in the top of the inning, however this scrappy Virginia club fired right back in the bottom of the inning, tying it up with two runs of their own.
After a scoreless seventh inning, that’s when Vanderbilt took control of their national championship fate.
With one out in the eighth inning, John Norwood homered to the opposite field over the left field wall to give Vanderbilt the 3-2 lead, and eventually the 2014 national championship.
You really couldn’t ask for anymore from these two teams, who were definitely two of the best all season long. You can’t take away anything Virginia did this season, including coming into the year at no. 1 in the rankings, but in the end, Vanderbilt is the 2014 national champions.