People who have read my column before have probably seen some of my writings on the Vanderbilt Commodores. Well, at the risk of jinxing them (I hope I don’t), I have to brag on their performance thus far in the College World Series.
Two wins, both of which had me a little worried for a while I admit it. I watched the opener against Louisville and I was not the only one in the room with a bit of a worried look on my face at times. I was not able to catch the game on television Monday, so I resorted to checking the score on my phone every so often. I hope to be able to watch their performance on Friday, and I’m hoping for another win.
Bleeding black and gold has in the past been something that has gotten me “picked on” by others. But the last couple of years there has been a bit of a changing of the guard.
I can proudly say the football team has had back-to-back football bowl wins, and now the baseball team is trying to close a bid for the College World Series title. So bleeding black and gold isn’t such the subject of ridicule lately.
It seems as though the players have determined just the right time to hit the gas pedal in their games thus far. Several of the winning moments have come in the later innings. Take the closing win against Stanford in the Super Regional for instance. Sure they scored five runs in the first inning, but the seventh and eighth innings, which saw six Vandy runs total, sealed the victory.
Saturday’s game versus Louisville broke the trend as Vandy’s big inning came in the second. But the late scores proved the difference in Monday’s game as UC Irvine scored all of its runs in the second before Vandy tacked on three in the fifth to take the lead for good.
Here’s hoping that Friday’s game continues the winning trend. Yes, I know a loss Friday would not be the end of the road, but continuing an undefeated streak just sounds better.
Kimberly Jordan is The Democrat’s general assignment reporter. Email her at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow her on Twitter @wilsonnewsroom.