Game 3 of the 2019 CWS finals, where Vanderbilt defeated Michigan 8-2 to win the national championship, had 7% higher ratings than last year's finale.

Vanderbilt’s 8-2 win over Michigan that clinched the national title in the CWS championship series was the most-watched Game 3 since 2014, according to ESPN.

The finale’s 2,020,596 viewers was up 7% from last year. And the Wolverines were also part of the four most-watched games at this year’s CWS: The championship series boasted the top three viewership totals, while Michigan-Florida State was fourth.

This year’s event was on par with 2018’s record-setting audience, as 1,133,346 on average watched the action from TD Ameritrade Park. The championship series averaged 1,961,000 viewers, matching 2018’s three-game final when Oregon State beat Arkansas.

Louisiana coach, 57, led team to 2000 CWS

Louisiana coach Tony Robichaux, who earned nearly 1,200 wins and led the Ragin’ Cajuns to the 2000 College World Series, died. He was 57.

An athletic department spokesperson said family members notified school officials that Robichaux died Wednesday. Robichaux had been in the hospital after having a heart attack June 23.

Robichaux posted a 1,177-767 record in 33 seasons as a coach. He went 914-590 the past 25 years at Louisiana after coaching McNeese State from 1987-94.

He led Louisiana to 12 NCAA regional appearances and four super regionals. The 2000 team received the only CWS berth in school history, while the 2014 team earned the school’s first No. 1 ranking and went 58-10 while setting a school record for wins.