Vanderbilt Fans Celebrate Championship That Was A ‘Long Time Coming’
Thousands of Vanderbilt fans stood on Dudley Field to watch the final strikes of the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The Commodores held onto their slim lead and made history for the school. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Vanderbilt Fans Celebrate Championship That Was A ‘Long Time Coming’

Vanderbilt beat Virginia 3-2 after losing the night before. This was the first time the College World Series finals had gone to three games since 2009. Credit: Joe Howell / Vanderbilt University
Vanderbilt beat Virginia 3-2 after losing the night before. This was the first time the College World Series finals had gone to three games since 2009. Credit: Joe Howell / Vanderbilt University

The celebration lasted into the wee hours on West End after Vanderbilt’s baseball team won the College World Series in Omaha. It’s the school’s first national title in any men’s sport.

The Commodores have had higher ranked teams, but this one kept finding ways to win like it did Wednesday night. After a homerun put Vanderbilt up 3-2 over the University of Virginia, the few thousand fans gathered on campus held their breath, watching the final strikes on the football stadium’s big screen.

As Virginia’s final batter struck out, the foghorn blew to signal the historic win. Strangers shared high-fives. Students took selfies to mark the occasion. Vanderbilt alum Alan Jackson (not the singer) nearly wept. He says he started going to games 40 years ago as a kid.

“It’s been a long time coming,” he said, choking back tears. “It’s good to see. It really is.”

Jackson credits head coach Tim Corbin and calls it the “golden age” of Vanderbilt athletics. The school’s football team has also enjoyed unprecedented success, though nothing close to a national championship.

A victory celebration has been planned for 6 p.m. Thursday at Vanderbilt’s soccer stadium.

Thousands of Vanderbilt fans stood on Dudley Field to watch the final strikes of the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The Commodores held onto their slim lead and made history for the school. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN
Thousands of Vanderbilt fans stood on Dudley Field to watch the final strikes of the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska. The Commodores held onto their slim lead and made history for the school. Credit: Blake Farmer / WPLN

Blake Farmer

Blake Farmer is WPLN's assistant news director, but he wears many hats - reporter, editor and host. He covers the Tennessee state capitol while also keeping an eye on Fort Campbell and business trends, frequently contributing to national programs. Born in Tennessee and educated in Texas, Blake has called Nashville home for most of his life.
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