Vanderbilt freshman Collin Snider, a Riverdale High graduate, is writing a College World Series diary for The Daily News Journal. Here is his second entry, from Vanderbilt’s 4-3 win over Cal State Fullerton in Omaha, Neb.
Vanderbilt plays TCU at 7 p.m. Tuesday on ESPN.
OMAHA, Neb. – Wow.
What an amazing first game in Omaha.
Sunday morning we all woke up and ate breakfast. We went to Creighton for pregame BP. When we arrived to the field we relaxed in the locker room for about 45 minutes.
When game time finally came everyone was super excited. In pregame throwing I overthrew my partner in long toss and hit a little kid in the arm. He wore it like a champ though.
The atmosphere during the game was incredible. I’ve never played in front of that many people.
At one point during the game the fans did the wave in slow motion and I couldn’t help but watch in between hitters.
In the sixth inning it started to lightning, so we went to the locker room before it started to pour. While in the locker room David Price showed up.
It seems like every time he comes he brings the rain, just like Illinois. It’s awesome having him around the clubhouse and seeing him be our biggest fan.
Eventually the game got postponed. I think the rain was a blessing in disguise. It gave us the opportunity to grab the momentum very early.
We woke up pretty early on Monday and went to the field for BP while it was still raining. We went back to the hotel.
I took a fantastic nap and woke up ready to play again.
Zander (Wiel) led off the resumed game with a huge RBI. In the ninth inning I was in the bullpen when Zander got the leadoff double. Then Bryan (Reynolds) scored him. We were going crazy down there.
Then, when Jeren Kendall hit that ball into the bullpen, we lost it. We took off for a dead sprint to home plate and celebrated. It was the most fun I’ve ever been a part of. They weren’t lying when they said history happens here.
I’m so happy for Jeren and the entire team. Everyone’s super excited to get back out there (Tuesday) night and take on TCU.