The Vandy Boys are National Champs!
Vanderbilt defeated the Michigan Wolverines 8-2 on Wednesday night to take home the NCAA Baseball Championship. The Commodores came back from down 1-0 in the series to win two in a row in this Best of 3, and as a result, arguably the best team in the nation is celebrating now.
Michigan took an early 1-0 lead in the 1st inning after Jordan Brewer hit Ako Thomas home on a single. After that though, Michigan wouldn’t score again until the top of the 8th. Pat DeMarco opened up shop for the Commodores with a solo homer in the bottom of the 2nd, DeMarco then drew a bases loaded walk an inning later that brought JJ Bleday in to score to give Vandy the lead.
That lead would never be relinquished. Stephen Scott shot one up the middle that brought Philip Clarke and Ethan Paul around to score to make it 4-1 Commodores. The three-run deficit was quite a lot for the Wolverines to overcome, and to their dismay, the deficit would only swell more. Bleday hit an RBI single to bring Ty Duvall in to score in the bottom of the 4th, and Paul would hit a sac fly to bring Austin Martin in to make it 5-1.
Down in the bottom of the 7th, Harrison Ray would single to bring DeMarco in to score to increase the lead up to 7-1. In the top of the 8th, Blake Nelson drove a run in for the Wolverines on a double that brought Jesse Franklin to the plate. But that one run would be all they could muster.
Clarke would tack on the final run of the game for the Dores in the bottom of the 8th inning. His RBI single to bring JJ Bleday in put the cap on a dazzling performance by Vanderbilt in the championship game.
Mason Hickman brought it on the mound for Vandy. His championship performance saw him rack up 10 strikeouts and three walks, with one earned run over six innings. He allowed just four hits, none going for extra bases. Jake Eder finished the final three innings of the game with four strikeouts, two hits allowed and one earned run. Both hits were doubles.
The title win for Vanderbilt caps off an incredible year for the Commodores. Congrats to them and may they dogpile till the end of time!