The end of the game came far after anyone originally expected it to, but Vanderbilt used a walk off home run from Jeren Kendall to take down Cal State Fullerton 4-3 in their first College World Series game.
The action picked up today with Fullerton up 3-0 and a full count for Zander Weil with Rhett Wiseman on third. Weil knocked a double to the right center gap to send Wiseman home and pull the game up to a 3-1 margin. It was looking for a while like that might be the final margin as the Commodores went three-up-three-down in the seventh and eighth innings. They weren't done, though.
Weil led off the ninth with a double of his own. Will Toffey struck out as the second batter, but Bryan Reynolds hit another double to send Weil home and pull Vanderbilt within a run. Jerez Kendall then came to the plate, and after fouling off the first pitch, he knocked a two-run blast to right to finish off the game once and for all.
John Kilichowski threw 2.1 innings of scoreless ball for VU, and Kyle Wright finished the Titans off in the ninth with a pair of outs. Fullerton closer Tyler Peitzmeier pitched all but the last out of the sixth but only got the one out in the ninth before allowing the walk off homer.
Vanderbilt will play TCU tomorrow after securing the win today.