Vanderbilt defeats Michigan to claim College World Series

Mason Hickman and Jake Eder combined for 14 strikeouts, Vanderbilt knocked out Michigan ace Karl Kauffmann in the fourth inning, and the Commodores won the College World Series with an 8-2 victory in Game Three of the finals last night at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha. 

Phillip Clarke had three hits while Ethan Paul had two.  Pat DeMarco, who hit his seventh home run of the season, drove in two runs and scored twice.  Vandy won its second title in its four CWS appearances, all since 2011.  The other one came in 2014.  Hickman struck out ten batters in six innings and limited the Wolverines to one hit after he gave up three in a row to start the game.  The loss ended a surprising postseason run for Michigan, which went from being one of the last four teams picked for the 64-team NCAA Tournament to becoming the first Big Ten team to play in the finals since Ohio State in 1966.  The Commodores finished with a 59-12 record while the Wolverines’ season ends at 50-22.  Vanderbilt pitchers combined for a 2.50 ERA over six CWS games.  Kumar Rocker was selected the College World Series most outstanding player.

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