Soak this moment in, Jeren Kendall. It doesn't happen often.
With Vanderbilt down 3-2 in its first game of the 2015 College World Series, Kendall launched a two-run home run into the Cal State Fullerton bullpen beyond the right-field fence to send the Commodores into a frenzy. It was the first walk-off home run at TD Ameritrade Park Omaha.
"Yeah, I dream a lot," Kendall, a freshman, said when asked if he dreamed of a moment like this. "I dream a lot about big moments. But obviously just hearing the guys talk about their experiences last year kind of made me a little more comfortable, obviously coming in here as a freshman not knowing what it's like. So, yeah, I felt pretty comfortable today."
Thousands dream of it. Few have done it.
Thanks to some research from Jeff Williams and the NCAA stats team, here are the walk-off home runs in the College World Series.
Vanderbilt 4, Cal State Fullerton 3
June 15, 2015
Kendall's blast ended an opening-round game that had been suspeneded from the previous day. Vanderbilt entered the inning down 3-1.
Texas 4, Arizona State 3
June 20, 2009
This bomb from Rowe helped the Longhorns stave off elimination. They went on to fall to LSU in the championship series.
Texas 4, Baylor 3
June 22, 2005
Augie Garrido thought about pinch-hitting for Wheeless in the ninth, but Wheeless made his case to hit despite his injured shoulder. Texas went on to win the national championship.
Notre Dame 5, Rice 3
June 17, 2002
Making their first College World Series appearance since 1957, the Irish won an elimination game thanks to Stavinsky's two-run walk-off homer. In 19 NCAA tournament games, he hit .386 with seven round-trippers.
Florida State 14, Stanford 11 (13)
June 18, 1999
Jernigan's three-run homer broke a deadlock in extra innings and sent the Seminoles to the CWS championship game, where they fell to Miami (Fla.).
LSU 9, Miami (Fla.) 8 (won championship)
June 8, 1996
One of the most famous moments in College World Series history, Morrison hit the first pitch of the at-bat into the right-field corner and give the Tigers their third national championship.
Alabama 7, Oklahoma State 5
May 31, 1996
Florida State 3, Oklahoma 2
June 2, 1995
Long Beach State 12, Clemson 11
June 3, 1991
Stanford 6, LSU 5
June 5, 1987 (10)
Arizona 8, Maine 7
May 30, 1986
Miami (Fla). 6, Mississippi State 5
June 8, 1985
Oklahoma State 8, South Carolina 5 (10)
May 31, 1981
South Carolina 3, Baylor 2 (10) (inside-the-park)
June 11, 1977
Houston 3, Boston College 2 (13)
June 15, 1967
Oklahoma State 3, Duke 2
June 9, 1961