CWS firsts at TD Ameritrade Park
Check out the firsts at the new home of the College World Series
First National Anthem Singer: Gene Klosner of Omaha. The colors were presented by members of the military stationed at Offutt Air Force Base.
Ceremonial First Pitch: Former President George W. Bush. It was a strike.
First Umpire Crew: Home Plate – Mike Conlin, 1B – Travis Katzenmeier, 2B – Randy Wetzel, 3B – Tony Walsh.
First Pitch: North Carolina right-hander Patrick Johnson to Vanderbilt’s Tony Kemp at 2:11 p.m. ET. Kemp fouled it off down the third base side.
First Hit: Vanderbilt’s Tony Kemp during his leadoff at bat in the first inning.
First Error: North Carolina’s Patrick Johnson commits a throwing error after trying to field Kemp’s bunt in the first inning.
First Run Scored: Vanderbilt’s Tony Kemp scores on an Aaron Westlake sacrifice fly to centerfield in first inning.
First RBI: Vanderbilt’s Aaron Westlake on a first inning sacrifice fly.
First Strikeout: Vanderbilt’s Mike Yastrzemski struck out looking against UNC’s Patrick Johnson in first inning.
First Base on Balls: Vanderbilt’s Sonny Gray walked North Carolina catcher Jacob Stallings in the second inning.
First Triple: North Carolina’s Chaz Frank tripled to lead off the bottom of the first inning.
First Fan to Catch a Foul Ball: Robert Mach of Pleasant Dale, Neb., caught the first foul ball from his seats on the third base line in the top of first inning. Mach, attending the game with his wife Jan, has been coming to the CWS for years. His father-in-law Dale Walkenhorst has had CWS tickets since Omaha began hosting the event in 1950.
First Mound Visit: Vanderbilt pitching coach Derek Johnson visited Sonny Gray at the mound in the bottom of the second inning with two UNC runners on base and two outs.
First Hit Batter: North Carolina’s Patrick Johnson hit Vanderbilt’s Aaron Westlake in top of third inning. It loaded the bases with one out.
First Sac Bunt: Vanderbilt’s Anthony Gomez laid down a sacrifice bunt in the top of the third inning to advance two Commodore runners to second and third base.
First Double Play: UNC’s Jesse Wierzbicki grounded to third base and into the first double play of the series in the bottom of third inning. Colin Moran was out at second base on the play.
First Player to Hit the Ball to Warning Track: Vanderbilt’s Jason Esposito gave it a ride in the top of the fourth inning, but leftfielder Chaz Frank was there make the catch right a step in front of the outfield wall.
First Wave: Fans restarted an old Rosenblatt Stadium tradition of “doing the wave” in the top of the fifth inning at 3:43 p.m. ET.
First Outfield Fan Battle: In the bottom of the fifth inning another Rosenblatt tradition commenced as the left field and right field stands began their chanting competition. Right field fans chanted “left field [stinks]”, while left field fans chanted “right field [stinks]”. Word is still out on which side won.
First Pitching Change: Vanderbilt made the first pitching change of this year’s CWS as the Commodores pulled starter Sonny Gray for left-hander Corey Williams with two outs in the bottom of the fifth inning. The bases were loaded.
First Double: Vanderbilt designated hitter Conrad Gregor was oh-so-close to hitting the first home run of the CWS at the new park in the sixth inning, but his hit to left centerfield came millimeters short of clearing the outfield wall. Gregor settled for an RBI-double.
First Home Run: Following Gregor’s old college try, Vanderbilt centerfielder Connor Harrell sent a Patrick Johnson pitch soaring to leftfield – over the bullpen and into the stands for the first home run of the 2011 CWS. The two-run shot was Harrell’s eighth home run of the season, and was a momentum-changer, putting the Commodores on top 5-3 in the sixth inning.
First Balk: Vanderbilt left-hander Corey Williams balked in the bottom of the sixth inning, advancing base runner Levi Michael from first to second base with no outs.
First Stolen Base: Vanderbilt’s Tony Kemp stole the first base of the CWS on the first attempt, immediately following the insertion of reliever Andrew Smith into the game with two outs in the sixth inning. It was his 18th stolen base of the season.
First Beach Ball on the Field: Another Rosenblatt fan tradition of hitting a beach ball around in the outfield stands continued at the new park between the seventh and eighth innings, and bounced onto the field in left. The ball was quickly confiscated by stadium security.
First Victory: Vanderbilt defeats North Carolina 7-3 in the Commodores' first-ever CWS appearance.