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Wednesday, June 22, 2011A year ago, Richie Goodenow was the unexpected hero as he tossed a complete-game, two-hit gem to keep Vanderbilt’s season alive in an NCAA Regional.
Nearly 13 months later, as the Commodores play in their first College World Series in Omaha, Neb., Goodenow no longer wears the Vanderbilt uniform. In fact, his college career is over; it has been for more than a month.
But the Nashville native doesn’t have any regrets when looking back at his decision to transfer from Vanderbilt to play his senior season at Lipscomb.
“It is not tough at all,” Goodenow said on Tuesday. “I could have been there [in Omaha] if I wanted to but I chose Lipscomb. Back then it was the right choice for me and it still was the right choice for me. I have no regrets at all coming to Lipscomb. At the same time, I wish Vanderbilt all the luck. I am rooting for them. I like everybody on the team. I like the coaches. They gave me an opportunity in the first place. ... I’d be happy to see them win it all.”
After graduating from Overton High School, Goodenow spent three years at Vanderbilt primarily as a left-handed specialist out of the bullpen.
His junior campaign in 2010 was his strongest, posting a 2.23 ERA in a team-high 31 appearances. He struck out 47 and walked 12 in 44.1 innings. In his lone start of the season – and second overall in his career – on June 6 against Louisville, he allowed just two hits in a 7-0 shutout as Vanderbilt staved off elimination. The Commodores eventually won the Regional and fell short to Florida State in a Super Regional.
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