NASHVILLE, TENN. -- Stanford's unlikely run at reaching the College World Series ultimately fell one win short, as Vanderbilt pulled out the deciding game of the teams' NCAA tournament super regional 12-5 on Sunday.
Vince Conde and John Norwood had three hits and two RBIs each and Vanderbilt combined for six runs in the seventh and eighth innings to advance to Omaha for the second time in program history and first since 2011.
"It was amazing," said Vanderbilt freshman Hayden Stone, who pitched six innings of three-hit baseball to close the game and earn the win. "Just the opportunity to be out there in that certain time."
Stone finished with eight strikeouts, two walks and was charged with one unearned run. He entered in the fourth after Vanderbilt starter Walker Buehler battled through the bottom of the third, giving up four runs. The Commodores had opened with five runs off six hits in the first, but Buehler's struggles allowed the Cardinal to pull within 5-4.
"They have great arms and they throw a lot of strikes and it's tough," Stanford coach Mark Marquess said. "What you get off them, you've got to earn it. You don't usually get a lot of them."
The teams traded runs in the fourth, but the Commodores pulled away in the seventh. Dansby Swanson led off with a single and the Commodores scored four runs to send Stanford scrambling. The Cardinal used five pitchers in the inning before Brett Michael Doran snagged a grounder from pinch-hitter Karl Ellison for a double play, but the damage had been done and Vanderbilt led 10-5. Vanderbilt tacked on two more runs in the eighth
Stanford was led by Danny Diekroeger's three singles.
The Cardinal were trying to reach their 17th College World Series in school history. Stanford, which started a freshman pitcher in 45 of its 61 games this year, was the only Pac-12 Conference team to reach a super regional.