NCAA Baseball: College World Series

Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin speaks to fans after the Commodores beat Michigan 8-2 on Wednesday night to win the College World Series, two games to one. The national title is the second for Vandy and Corbin, a Wolfeboro, N.H., native.

Vanderbilt is the national champion.

And like other national champions, according to the freshman pitcher Kumar Rocker, the Commodores have top-notch coaching.

Rocker, the son of former Auburn star Tracy Rocker, compared Vanderbilt coach Tim Corbin, a native of Wolfeboro, N.H., to another national championship-caliber coach.

"I said it earlier in an interview, he's the GOAT," Rocker said. "He's like Saban. He's got it."

Of course, he is referring to Alabama coach Nick Saban, who has won five national titles at Alabama and six in his career.

On Wednesday, though, it was all about the Commodores.

Mason Hickman and Jake Eder combined for 14 strikeouts, Michigan ace Karl Kauffmann was knocked out in the fourth inning, and the Commodores won the College World Series with an 8-2 victory in Game 3 of the finals Wednesday night.

Vanderbilt (59-12) won its second title in its four CWS appearances, all since 2011. The other one came in 2014, also under Corbin.

Rocker, who was dominant in two CWS starts, was selected the Most Outstanding Player.

Hickman struck out 10 in six innings and limited the Wolverines (50-22) to one hit after he gave up three in a row to start the game. Kauffmann, making his third start in the CWS, struggled with his control, and Vandy broke open the game with three runs in the third inning and two in the fourth.

The Commodores are the sixth national champion from the SEC since 2009 and 12th overall, second only to the 18 won by the Pac-12 and its previous iterations. At No. 2, Vandy became the highest national seed to win it all since Miami in 2001.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.