NASHVILLE, Tenn. -- Austin Martin drove in three, hitting two of Vanderbilt's five home runs, and the Commodores advanced to their fourth College World Series and first since 2015 by routing Duke 13-2 Sunday to clinch the Nashville Super Regional.
Vanderbilt won the 2014 championship and was the runner-up in 2015. The nation's No. 2 overall seed matched the program record for most wins in a season with a nation's best 54 victories. The Commodores, who have won 14 of 15, will play Louisville to open the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska.
Mason Hickman struck out nine over four innings, picking up where Kumar Rocker left off with a no-hitter Saturday night striking out the final three batters he faced as the right-hander struck out the side to open Sunday's game. Then Hickman got all the support he needed with a four-run first by Vanderbilt.
Martin led off with a home run to left-centerfield, giving Vandy a 1-0 lead. Ethan Paul reached base on an infield single, then stole second and third with Bill Chillari walking Philip Clarke with one out. Pat DeMarco hit a 3-run home run that hit Memorial Gym beyond the 32-foot-high wall in left.
Patrick Raby (10-1) got the win, striking out four in two innings of relief.
Chillari (2-4) walked the first batter he faced in the second, and Duke coach Chris Pollard went to Jack Carey. Martin hit his second home run in as many at-bats, a two-run homer to left for a 6-0 lead.