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They faced down elimination five times in their first College World Series and completed one of the unlikeliest national championships in NCAA history.
The first in school history didn’t come easy for the Coastal Carolina Chanticleers.
After taking a 4-0 lead on G.K. Owings’ two-run homer in the sixth inning, CCU survived Arizona’s ninth-inning rally to win the championship series 4-3 Thursday at TD Ameritrade Park in Omaha, Neb.
Alex Cunningham struck out Ryan Haug with runners on second and third and two outs in the bottom of the ninth to end the game.
“We’re not the most talented team in America,” head coach Gary Gilmore told ESPN after the game, “we’re just national champions.”
The Chanticleers also tied a school record with their 55th victory and became the first team since Minnesota in 1956 to win the CWS in its first appearance.