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Vanderbilt Baseball Finally Reaches College World Series, Knocking Out Oregon State

The Vanderbilt Commodores are the SEC's first representative and the second overall team in the 2011 College World Series, pounding the Oregon St. Beavers 9-3 in Nashville after posting an 11-1 victory Friday night. As it stands at the moment they're the No. 2 seed behind the North Carolina Tar Heels, but the final round's bracket has a lot of filling in left.

Vanderbilt baseball has never made the CWS before, having fallen in the NCAA Tournament five years in a row.

The Commodores faced a 2-2 tie as late as the fifth inning, when Jason Esposito scored Anthony Gomez on a fielder's choice, but the real damage came in the four-run sixth. Aaron Westlake posted a home run and ended up with six RBI for the night. Will Clindard takes the win, having thrown four and two-thirds innings and giving up only two hits while fanning eight batters.

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Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.