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OMAHA, Neb. — It was One Shining Moment for Vanderbilt Wednesday night. Oops ... wrong round ball.
But song or not, the evening was glittering enough for the Commodores, and college baseball in general. One more time, June in Omaha meant high drama, players to remember and moments to savor.
Here’s one for all 15 games.

Michigan 5, Texas Tech 3: Welcome back Wolverines.

The anthem was sung, the planes roared above TD Ameritrade Park, and the College World Series could begin. “That just kind of gave us chills,” Michigan first baseman Jimmy Kerr would say later, having delivered a two-run triple to help settle the opener. “That’s when it kind of hit us, we’re playing now.” Not only playing, but winning a CWS game, which Michigan hadn’t done since 1983. That sound coming from the stands? The Michigan masses belting out The Victors. In Omaha. Get used to it.

Florida State 1, Arkansas 0: The pitching clinic.
Florida State’s Drew Parish and Arkansas’ Isaiah Campbell went eyeball-to-eyeball and fastball-to-fastball, neither one blinking. Together, they would throw 214 pitches with 146 of them strikes, and combine for 15 innings with only 10 hits, no runs and 19 strikeouts. A ninth inning run on a sacrifice fly was the difference. “We gave the fans a treat, a pitcher’s duel,” Campbell would say afterward.

Vanderbilt 3, Louisville 1: The leadoff man.

Louisville had not trailed in 45 consecutive innings, but that streak lasted one pitch, as Vanderbilt’s Austin Martin sent it into the left field stands. This was the second consecutive game he had led off with a homer. So what, he goes to the plate in the first inning with fire in this eyes and hacking in his heart? “I swing at them if they’re strikes,” he said. Martin homered again in the seventh inning. The same Louisville lineup that had scored 26 runs in two super regional games and 50 in its last five tournament wins could manage only one. 

 Mississippi State 5, Auburn 4: And the duality of the game.
Baseball can be so two-faced. Auburn carried a 4-1 lead into the bottom of the ninth, and the loudest noise had been inspired by Edouard Julien’s mighty 429-foot bomb — which matched the longest CWS home run ever hit in Ameritrade Park. Three more outs, and Julien — whose parents from Quebec were in the stands tapping on their cell phones for Google translation, since they can speak little English — would be the star of the day. Or not. Mississippi State tied the score in the bottom of the ninth — on Julien’s throwing error. Sacre bleu! That’s baseball; roses one minute and thorns the next. Marshall Gilbert’s walk-off single then won it, the 28th time this season the Bulldogs had come from behind to win.

Texas Tech 5, Arkansas 4: The quick exit.
Arkansas, we hardly knew ye. The Razorbacks, who came so close to winning the championship in 2018, were two-and-headed back to Fayetteville, mostly because the offense went mute. The .200 team batting average in two games was a ticket home, both their losses by a single run. The two teams combined for a record-tying four homers. Arkansas’ problem: Texas Tech hit three of them. “We had a hunch these guys were going to be fun to watch with their backs against the wall,” Red Raiders coach Tim Tadlock offered afterward.

Michigan 2, Florida State 0: The magician on the mound.
It was like watching a pitching machine. Strike after strike after strike from Michigan’s Tommy Henry, until he had finished off Florida State on three hits and 100 pitches. Only twice did he even go to a three-ball count, and those were in the first inning. No Big Ten team had started the CWS 2-0 in 53 years, and the Wolverines hadn’t done it since 1962. Henry — who got out of a hospital bed with flu and pneumonia and beat UCLA in the super regional — had officially achieved folk hero status. And the Wolverines fairy tale thundered on. Well, except for Jordan Nwogu’s face-first flop of a slide short of third base, which got more TV replays than anything. “I’ll never hear the end of it,” he said.

Louisville 5, Auburn 3: The two-day game.
Louisville grabbed a 4-1 lead after four innings, in no small part because of Drew Campbell’s work in right field, as he threw a runner out at the plate, and later made a diving catch. The Cardinals then had to wait 20 hours to protect that lead. Rain suspended the game for a day, and when they returned the next morning to a dryer TD Ameritrade Park, they turned the issue over to their bullpen. Most impressive was Adam Elliott, who didn’t even know until 10 minutes before stretching began that he would be on the mound when the game resumed. He worked two brisk, scoreless innings. Elliott is a Louisville kid who went to Saint Xavier High School. Know who else went to Saint Xavier? Tommy Mapother. You might know him better by another name. Tom Cruise.

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