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Vanderbilt tops Virginia for first College World Series title

OMAHA NE - JUNE 25:  Pitcher CarsFulmer #15 Vanderbilt Commodores gets hfrom his teammates after coming out game against

OMAHA, NE - JUNE 25: Pitcher Carson Fulmer #15 of the Vanderbilt Commodores gets a hand from his teammates after coming out of the game against the Virginia Cavaliers in the sixth inning during game three of the College World Series Championship Series on June 25, 2014 at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Nebraska. (Photo by Peter Aiken/Getty Images)

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Updated: June 25, 2014 11:05PM

OMAHA, Neb. — John Norwood’s home run in the top of the eighth inning gave Vanderbilt the lead, and the Commodores beat Virginia 3-2 on Wednesday night for their first national championship.

Norwood turned on Nick Howard’s 97 mph fastball and sent it into the left field bullpen to break a 2-2 tie in the third and deciding game of the College World Series finals.

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 and the 22nd in 72 games by the Commodores (51-21).

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.

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