In terms of postseason success, the Vanderbilt baseball team might be the most successful squad in the state right now. That trend continues this week as the Commodores make a return trip to the College World Series.
The thrill of victory is certainly something to behold. Vanderbilt celebrated beating Stanford 12-5 in Sunday's Super Regional championship game.
"I'm not sure I can put this into proper perspective, because there's a lot of emotions that arose with winning a game like this," said head coach Tim Corbin.
Moments before, Corbin rode on the shoulders of his team, and he liked the view.
"I look in the stands and see people that are 75 and 80 years old who got to witness this, and it's good for their heart. It's good for the community. It's good for so many things, and I'm just glad to be a part of it," Corbin said.
Vanderbilt has qualified for the postseason in each of the last nine seasons and since 2010 has won 72 percent of its ball games. This makes the Dores' second trip to the College World Series in Omaha in the past four years.
"I think that's the thing that I'm proud of - the amount of consistency our program has had," Corbin said.
At one point during all that celebrating on Sunday afternoon, Corbin quietly went back to the dugout and just watched.
"It's like when your kids come down and get under the Christmas tree and start opening up the presents. That's what it feels like to me. I don't have to be a part of that. I can just sit in the dugout and watch the kids celebrate. That's all I need," Corbin said.
Vanderbilt next faces Louisville in the first game of the double-elimination tournament at 7 p.m. Saturday. It was Louisville that ended the Commodores' post-season run last year.
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