Norwood powers Vandy to CWS title

Wiseman said he turned to shortstop Vince Conde after Bryan Reynolds flew out to open the eighth inning and predicted that Norwood would homer.

"As soon as he stepped in the box," Wiseman said. "That was the first time [in Omaha] I did it. I just could just tell by the way Bryan put a swing on that ball. I wouldn't just throw that out there."

Virginia coach Brian O'Connor described Norwood's swing as "a defining moment."

O'Connor made the comment in reference to this CWS, noted for its lack of offensive spark. But the impact of Norwood's shot extends beyond this game and this year. It helps define Vanderbilt's growth in the Southeastern Conference as a major player -- and not just in baseball.

Finally, the Commodores own a championship other than the 20o7 women's bowling title.

Let that sink in.

Clearly, as Wednesday turned into Thursday, Norwood had not.

"I didn't bring it to them," he said of the national title. "It was the people way before us. I'm not the guy. We still had to score three runs. It's a team game."

Norwood said he was looking dead-red as he stepped to the plate against Howard, searching for a fastball, the pitch he handles best.

"You know he's going to throw it," Norwood said. "Don't miss it."

He didn't miss. Minutes later, he stood alone, alongside his celebrating teammates.

"You're not going to remember just my name," he said.

History won't let anyone forget.

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