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Vanderbilt tops Virginia in College World Series final

Jun 26, 2014, 12:11 AM EDT

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Vanderbilt University has claimed its first College World Series. And the school’s first-ever NCAA national championship in a men’s team sport.

Carson Fulmer held the opposing Virginia Cavaliers to two runs — one earned — over 5 1/3 innings and center fielder John Norwood slugged a go-ahead solo homer off UVA reliever Nick Howard as Vandy won Tuesday’s Game 3 in Omaha by a score of 3-2.

Howard was the Reds’ first-round pick in the 2014 MLB Amateur Draft — at 29th overall — and had been dominant this season as Virginia’s primary closer. But Norwood turned on a 97 mph fastball on the inside corner in the bottom of the eighth inning to put the Commodores ahead for good.

“He’s got a powerful fastball … I just threw my hands at it and tried to find the sweet spot,” Norwood told ESPN sideline reporter Jessica Mendoza after the game. “It’s unbelievable … I can’t believe it.”

Vanderbilt lost Game 2 to Virginia on Tuesday after winning Game 1, but they bounced back in impressive fashion and were the team forming a dogpile on the TD Ameritrade Park field Wednesday night.

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