I don't know the answer to that question but I do know one thing; regardless of whether it has ever happened before it was a special day for Vanderbilt.
Who can forget the dark ages of Vandy baseball? Twenty win seasons and rare appearances in the SEC Tournament much less the NCAA Tournament. Prior to Tim Corbin's arrival in 2003 the Commodores had only competed in three NCAA tournaments, with a record of just 3-6. As of Monday, after the 4-2 win over Illinois, Vanderbilt is now 47-29 in the annual event.
What Vandy fan will ever forget that magical night in June of 2014 when a late home run won the Commodores their first ever national championship in a major sport? I still get misty eyed just thinking about it. It's even more special when you consider that they are headed back to Omaha and could just do it again. My goodness, look how far Vanderbilt athletics have come.
Last year the stars kind of aligned just right for the Dores but this season the odds were certainly against them big time. Despite playing one of the toughest schedules in the nation, beating the No. 1 national seed soundly on the road, and finishing as a division champion in the toughest baseball conference, Vandy was sent packing to play at one of the winningest teams in the nation. The 'Dores embarrassed the selection committee though by stomping the Big Ten champions in game 1 before taking down one of the top pitchers in the country on Monday to advance to Omaha.
Certainly we must thank Tim Corbin who has steered the Commodore ship out of rough waters and sank nearly 600 of the enemy during his time at Vanderbilt. He has represented the university and Nashville with class and developed that same class in his players.
With the championship in Omaha last year, the name "Vanderbilt" is more and more becoming associated with more than just outstanding academics. Now with three players being drafted in the first round of the MLB Draft, the opportunities Vandy offers hard ball recruits is even more evident. Why wouldn't you want go to the top notch university academically while playing in the nation's toughest baseball conference with the best coaches? Dansby Swanson, who wasn't heavily recruited in high school, Carson Fulmer and Walker Buehler are living proof of the benefits of studying and playing your college baseball at Vandy.
Thanks to the hard work of the coaches and players wearing the black and gold, we get to experience the excitement and thrills of Omaha yet again. the scenes; the joy and elation of the victors along with the despair and anguish of the losers.
We can reflect on the past but no one knows what the future holds for Vanderbilt baseball. We do know, however, that Monday was a special day for Vanderbilt baseball.
A special day for Vanderbilt
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