Coastal Carolina won its first national championship in any sport when the baseball team beat Arizona in back-to-back games in the College World Series finals. The small school in Conway, South Carolina, gained fans all over Omaha, Nebraska, and throughout the country during its run through the CWS, capped by the Chanticleers' 4-3 win over the Wildcats in Thursday's decisive Game 3.
Included among those who cheered on the Chants in Omaha were the doctors and patients at Nebraska Medicine, where Coastal Carolina athletic director Matt Hogue and his family spent a lot of time while his daughter, Caroline, received treatment early in her life.
Hospital security, excuse the cheers and screams. @CoastalBaseball just won the @cwsncaabaseball!!! #CCUinOMAHA #CWS pic.twitter.com/ahwzQjuraH
— Nebraska Medicine (@NebraskaMed) June 30, 2016
And, of course, the state of South Carolina showed its pride for the home team.
The Chanticleers are flying high over the Capitol of South Carolina. #CCUinOMAHA pic.twitter.com/rSQ6Eb1XtC
— Coastal Baseball (@CoastalBaseball) June 30, 2016
Even the football team from a rival South Carolina school cheered on CCU.
@ClemsonFB watching the game supporting @CoastalBaseball #SC pic.twitter.com/ZF3qZCS1j9
— Mike Williams (@darealmike_dub) June 30, 2016
Down in St. Petersburg, Florida, Taylor Motter, who was a member of the 2010 Chants team that made the super regionals, watched Betmatik the game's final pitch during warm-ups for his Tampa Bay Rays' contest with the Detroit Tigers.
Hey @CoastalBaseball, @taylormotter7 has something to tell you: Congrats, #CollegeWorldSeries champs! pic.twitter.com/quPpI0F9Jc
— #VoteRays (@RaysBaseball) June 30, 2016
NFL running back and CCU alum Lorenzo Taliaferro was watching, too. He noted that he'll be in the Myrtle Beach area Friday to help celebrate the championship.
Congrats @chant_baseball National champs first time in school history #ChantUp
A video posted by Lorenzo Taliaferro (@zobot_34) on Jun 30, 2016 at 1:32pm PDT
The NFL's Carolina Panthers showed support for the Chanticleer alumnus on their own team, running back Mike Tolbert, who is always good for a celebratory dance.
.@CCUChanticleers Two states, one team. Congrats on the championship! #OneCarolina pic.twitter.com/Z0PpzuRiY2
— Carolina Panthers (@Panthers) June 30, 2016
Even former Coastal golfer Dustin Johnson, who was at work all day at the WGC-Bridgestone Invitational, was following the Chanticleers' progress throughout the game. He gave the Chants a shout-out after his round, which he finished at 1-under par.
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