Vanderbilt gives former Clemson assistant Tim Corbin his first CWS title

Commodores deny Virginia 3-2, leave ACC still seeking first national baseball title since 1955

Tim Corbin, left, was an assistant coach at Clemson from 1994-2002 when he left to become the head coach at Vanderbilt in 2003. Kevin O'Sullivan, right, was the pitching coach at Clemson from 1999-2007 before he was named the head coach at Florida in 2008.

Tim Corbin, left, was an assistant coach at Clemson from 1994-2002 when he left to become the head coach at Vanderbilt in 2003. Kevin O'Sullivan, right, was the pitching coach at Clemson from 1999-2007 before he was named the head coach at Florida in 2008.

OMAHA, Neb. — Dansby Swanson and Rhett Wiseman came oh-so close to hitting home runs for Vanderbilt early in the College World Series.

John Norwood finally got a ball to clear the fence, and his timing was impeccable in the third and deciding game of the CWS finals.

His tie-breaking homer into the left-field bullpen against Nick Howard in the eighth inning Wednesday night at TD Ameritrade Park delivered a 3-2 victory over Virginia that gave the Commodores' their first national championship in a men's sport.

"I just was hoping that it didn't have enough top spin that it would hit the fence," coach Tim Corbin said. "They had seen two already Dansby's and Rhett's and they were 6 inches away from being home runs.

"But Johnny's strength and bat speed, with the velocity of Howard, that doesn't happen to that kid. A 97-mile-an-hour fastball, and for someone to turn it around like that, takes a great amount of ability."

TD Ameritrade Park had yielded only two homers in this CWS and a total of 24 in the four years the event has been played at the cavernous stadium.

"I thought it was gone, but you never know in this park," Norwood said. "I was just hoping it went out, and if it didn't, I knew my teammates would pick me up. It's a home run, but it's also a team effort to get here. We were confident the whole entire year."

It was Norwood's third homer of the year, his first since April 19, and Vanderbilt's first since May 16. It also was only the third home run in 16 CWS games this year and the 22nd in 72 games by the Commodores (51-21).

"He put a heck of a swing on an elevated fastball, and he hit it and knew it was gone," Swanson said. "So I had a little trust in him that it would get out."

The Cavaliers (53-16) loaded the bases with one out in the eighth when Adam Ravenelle hit Kenny Towns. But Mike Papi was forced out at home on a chopper to Ravenelle, and Brandon Downes grounded out.

The title was secured when Ravenelle struck out Daniel Pinero. The school's only other title came in women's bowling in 2007.

"This dog pile was by far the best," first baseman Zander Wiel said. "These guys are my brothers and to celebrate this with them is just incredible. It's just so special to be a part of history. Everybody here represents Vanderbilt in the best way, and I'm glad to be a part of the first men's national championship in history."

Swanson, Vandy's second baseman, was chosen the CWS Most Outstanding Player. Swanson batted .323 in the CWS, scored five runs, drove in two and stole three bases. He played flawlessly in the field.

"When you've got guys backing up each other like we do, anything is possible," Swanson said.

After the last out, Vanderbilt players grabbed the championship trophy and hoisted Corbin on their shoulders.

"Every coach, you immerse yourself in the kids and they become more than baseball players; they become your sons," Corbin said. "This is a nice feeling. It's good to watch them celebrate achievements."

Hayden Stone (4-0) relieved starter Carson Fulmer with one out in the sixth and allowed two hits before turning the game over to Ravenelle after Virginia's first two batters reached in the eighth. Ravenelle earned his third save of the CWS.

Howard (2-2) came on in the eighth after Artie Lewicki had pitched six innings of four-hit relief. He left a fastball up that Norwood put over the fence, just right of the 335-foot sign.

"You've got to credit John Norwood," Virginia coach Brian O'Connor said. "The pitch was up in the zone and he took an aggressive swing and hit the ball out."

Virginia broke through against Fulmer to tie it 2-2 in the sixth when Kenny Towns' bases-loaded grounder hit shortstop Vince Conde's glove and bounced off for an error.

Vanderbilt led 1-0 in the first after Virginia catcher Robbie Coman sailed a throw into center field trying to catch Bryan Reynolds stealing. Swanson, who was going to third on the double steal, continued home.

Another error in the sixth set up Vanderbilt's second run. Norwood grounded to third for an infield single and wound up on second after Towns' throw in the dirt skipped past Papi at first base. Norwood later came home on Conde's deep grounder to shortstop.

"An outstanding final series between the two of us," O'Connor said. "Unfortunately in sports, somebody's going to come out on the wrong end, and we came out on the wrong end tonight. The University of Virginia baseball program will be back here in Omaha at some point, and maybe the next time we can win it all."

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fasttiger44#293363 writes:

Did that game last night remind anyone of any games they saw us play over the year? One clutch hit and UVA would have won the game. They just didn't get it done when they needed a hit to score a run or two. Vandy is real good and I'm happy for our ex-coach but UVA threw the game away by not getting a hit. They had far more than one chance, too, to get a hit and score and win the game. Happy for Tim Corbin due to his Clemson ties but was pulling for VA. It was really good game.

gamecockg writes:

in response to fasttiger44#293363:

Did that game last night remind anyone of any games they saw us play over the year? One clutch hit and UVA would have won the game. They just didn't get it done when they needed a hit to score a run or two. Vandy is real good and I'm happy for our ex-coach but UVA threw the game away by not getting a hit. They had far more than one chance, too, to get a hit and score and win the game. Happy for Tim Corbin due to his Clemson ties but was pulling for VA. It was really good game.

Fattiger close only counts in Horseshoes,and clempson just had a bad baseball team.Damm its hard to believe the ACC has not won a National Championship in baseball since 1955 ( Wake Forrest )

brookesdad729 writes:

in response to gamecockg:

Fattiger close only counts in Horseshoes,and clempson just had a bad baseball team.Damm its hard to believe the ACC has not won a National Championship in baseball since 1955 ( Wake Forrest )

We expect nothing less than rude and insensitive remarks from a Gamecock fan and you are definitely living up to expectations! Ding ding ding! You're a winner! We also know that you really don't know how to spell Clemson or that inappropriate word that you tried to use. Worked hard for that degree did you? LOL!

CUTigers1865 writes:

in response to gamecockg:

Fattiger close only counts in Horseshoes,and clempson just had a bad baseball team.Damm its hard to believe the ACC has not won a National Championship in baseball since 1955 ( Wake Forrest )

Hey Shamecock, Do you not have anything better to do that troll a Clemson site? Why am I asking? -Of course you don't! Why don't you go take your SEC, coat tail loving a$$ to a gamecock site and talk about your own sports teams or lack there of. I couldn't even name one gamecock site or radio station and you want to know why? BC I DON"T CARE!!!!

SoCalTiger writes:

The trolls do it to get a rise out of you. And it worked. Ignore them.

33dtb writes:

in response to gamecockg:

Fattiger close only counts in Horseshoes,and clempson just had a bad baseball team.Damm its hard to believe the ACC has not won a National Championship in baseball since 1955 ( Wake Forrest )

So, how 'bout them gamecocks ?

fasttiger44#293363 writes:

All I know is that our football team has won 2 less games than SC has been to all bowls games combined. Whatever that number is we have won almost as many as SC have ever played in. Just off the bat we have been to 5 Orange Bowls and we were going to those New Year's Day bowl games when that was all the games there were pretty much. I thnk SC has won but one conference championship and that was an ACC. The chances of them winning a SEC championship is almost zero. They left the ACC and got in a conference that they were less than mediocre for many, many years. Spurrier has brought them to respectability but he is on his way out. What you ole boys gonna do when he leaves? How about hiring Holtz back. That would be good for you and especially for us. The last Saturday in November of this year in Death Valley 84,000 people will witness a slaughter of the Lamecocks by the Tigers. We will put an azz kicking on them like we did in 2003 I believe it was. 63 to17, I'm sure what few Lamecocks stayed (about 2,000) to the end remember it well. Get ready for another one just like that and maybe worse.

gamecockg writes:

in response to 33dtb:

So, how 'bout them gamecocks ?

Glad you asked my (2 time NATIONAL CHAMPION'S)Gamecock baseball team come up short they also underachieved.

gamecockg writes:

in response to fasttiger44#293363:

All I know is that our football team has won 2 less games than SC has been to all bowls games combined. Whatever that number is we have won almost as many as SC have ever played in. Just off the bat we have been to 5 Orange Bowls and we were going to those New Year's Day bowl games when that was all the games there were pretty much. I thnk SC has won but one conference championship and that was an ACC. The chances of them winning a SEC championship is almost zero. They left the ACC and got in a conference that they were less than mediocre for many, many years. Spurrier has brought them to respectability but he is on his way out. What you ole boys gonna do when he leaves? How about hiring Holtz back. That would be good for you and especially for us. The last Saturday in November of this year in Death Valley 84,000 people will witness a slaughter of the Lamecocks by the Tigers. We will put an azz kicking on them like we did in 2003 I believe it was. 63 to17, I'm sure what few Lamecocks stayed (about 2,000) to the end remember it well. Get ready for another one just like that and maybe worse.

Fat tiger I guess you did not get the memo we were talking about baseball but since you brought up football yes we got out of the ACC (got tired of tobacco road running the ACC)we told them to kiss our AS#.You should know the facts we did not leave the ACC for the SEC there were a lot of years in between I can tell you are still in pain 5 straight butt hurting years and this Gamecock fan is looking forward to November 29 in the valley.

TheTruth46 writes:

in response to fasttiger44#293363:

All I know is that our football team has won 2 less games than SC has been to all bowls games combined. Whatever that number is we have won almost as many as SC have ever played in. Just off the bat we have been to 5 Orange Bowls and we were going to those New Year's Day bowl games when that was all the games there were pretty much. I thnk SC has won but one conference championship and that was an ACC. The chances of them winning a SEC championship is almost zero. They left the ACC and got in a conference that they were less than mediocre for many, many years. Spurrier has brought them to respectability but he is on his way out. What you ole boys gonna do when he leaves? How about hiring Holtz back. That would be good for you and especially for us. The last Saturday in November of this year in Death Valley 84,000 people will witness a slaughter of the Lamecocks by the Tigers. We will put an azz kicking on them like we did in 2003 I believe it was. 63 to17, I'm sure what few Lamecocks stayed (about 2,000) to the end remember it well. Get ready for another one just like that and maybe worse.

Don't know what you're drinkin' or smokin' slow tigger, but, you should stop immediately. It makes you appear terribly ignorant and foolish. If you truly believe that big, arrogant boasting, I know numerous people who will cover every wager you wish to make. You couldn't score 63 points if SC took their defense off the field for the second half, since your aggratate total of the last 5 years is 68. Just keep in mind the old saying...put up or button it. Don't forget to renew your membership to the History Channel.

TheTruth46 writes:

in response to fasttiger44#293363:

All I know is that our football team has won 2 less games than SC has been to all bowls games combined. Whatever that number is we have won almost as many as SC have ever played in. Just off the bat we have been to 5 Orange Bowls and we were going to those New Year's Day bowl games when that was all the games there were pretty much. I thnk SC has won but one conference championship and that was an ACC. The chances of them winning a SEC championship is almost zero. They left the ACC and got in a conference that they were less than mediocre for many, many years. Spurrier has brought them to respectability but he is on his way out. What you ole boys gonna do when he leaves? How about hiring Holtz back. That would be good for you and especially for us. The last Saturday in November of this year in Death Valley 84,000 people will witness a slaughter of the Lamecocks by the Tigers. We will put an azz kicking on them like we did in 2003 I believe it was. 63 to17, I'm sure what few Lamecocks stayed (about 2,000) to the end remember it well. Get ready for another one just like that and maybe worse.

Oh, and by the way, SC put 155 points on your tiggers during the same time. That would be an average score of 31-17?? Good luck with that big talk. You also better wish Cole Stoudt is better than his dad...alot better. Dad's NFL lifetime QB rating is 50. The score could very well be 63-17, but you just might be a very unhappy camper when the final gun sounds.

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