Coastal Carolina clinches College World Series title

Coastal Carolina clinches College World Series title
The Chanticleers won the 2016 College World Series. (Source: Joe Murano)
The Chanticleers won the 2016 College World Series. (Source: Joe Murano)

OMAHA, NE (WMBF) - The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers are national champions.

CCU defeated the Arizona Wildcats 4-3 in the winner-take-all game of the College World Series Championship Thursday afternoon.

This is the first national championship for the Chanticleers in any sport in the school's 62-year history.

MOBILE APP USERS: Click here to view a slideshow of the celebrations.

After a weather delay Wednesday night, the Chanticleers faced off against the Wildcats for the third and final time for the College World Series championship. The game began at 1:08 p.m.

Thursday was the culmination of the Chanticleers' memorable run through its inaugural appearance in the College World Series. Below is a look back at how it all unfolded before the Chants clenched the national championship:

CCU versus Florida

Coastal Carolina baseball moved to the winner's bracket in the College World Series after beating top-ranked Florida by a 2-1 final on June 19. It was the first win in the first CWS appearance for the Chants.

Andrew Beckwith threw a complete game for CCU, and allowed seven hits and one earned run while striking out seven batters.

Zach Remillard powered the offense, by driving in both runs for the Chants.

CCU versus TCU

Coastal Carolina suffered a loss in the College World Series on June 21 after falling to TCU by a 6-1 final.

CCU moved to a June 23 elimination game against Texas Tech.

The Chants managed six hits the entire game, and couldn't get enough momentum going to string together a rally. Luken Baker started the scoring with a solo home run in the second; his second of this year's CWS.

CCU versus Texas Tech

Coastal Carolina's season stayed alive after the team beat Texas Tech 7-5 on June 23 to eliminate the 5th-seeded Red Raiders.

Coastal picked up production from the bottom of the lineup, and the seven runs it scored totaled the run output from the team's previous three games.

David Parrett, batting ninth, drove in three runs, while Tyler Chadwick went 2-3 with an RBI from the eight spot in the lineup.

CCU versus TCU, Friday

Coastal Carolina baseball extended its season by another day, winning a second straight elimination game on June 24 over TCU, by a 4-1 final.

Andrew Beckwith got the win, going a full nine innings for the second time in this year's CWS. He threw 137 pitches, and only allowed one run and one walk, along with six hits and five strikeouts. He also threw a complete game win against Florida earlier this Series.

For the second straight game, David Parrett had a long hit and RBI. He picked up an RBI ground rule double in his only hit of the night. Anthony Marks, Connor Owings and Billy Cooke also picked up RBIs.

CCU versus TCU, Saturday

Coastal Carolina punched its ticket to the NCAA baseball championship against Arizona after eliminating TCU on June 25.

The Chants beat the Horned Frogs 7-5 to advance to the best-of-three championship series that started Monday.

Alex Cunningham pitched 6.1 innings after losing to TCU when he last started on Tuesday. The 2-3-4 hitters in the lineup - Anthony Marks, Zach Remillard and Connor Owings - went a combined 7-12 on the night.

Tyler Chadwick also homered to give Coastal its first home run in five games of the College World Series. He finished 3-4, just a triple short of hitting for the cycle.

College World Series Championship Game 1

The Coastal Carolina Chanticleers fell to the Arizona Wildcats in the first game of the College World Series Championship on Monday night. The Wildcats took down CCU by a 3-0 final as J.C. Cloney threw a complete game shutout for UA.

The Chanticleers only had four hits in the game, and it's just the second time in 71 games this year that Coastal has been shut out.

Ryan Aguilar went 2-4 with 2 RBI for the Wildcats, and Cody Ramer scored two of the team's three runs. Arizona got on the board early after Ramer hit a lead-off double to start the game for UA.

Zack Hopeck got the start for the Chants and exceeded expectations, throwing 6.1 innings, and surrendering just two runs on five hits. He also struck out five.

College World Series Championship Game 2

Coastal Carolina defeated Arizona 5-4 to force a winner-take-all Game Three in the College World Series Finals on Tuesday night. The Chants broke through with three runs in the eighth inning to take a 5-2 lead and held on for the win.

Mike Morrison keyed the way for Coastal. The All-American closer actually got the start in this game, and threw a career high 6.2 innings, and 103 pitches. His ten strikeouts tied a College World Series Finals record for most strikeouts in a game.

Coastal scored two runs in the third on an Anthony Marks base hit, and then tacked on three more in the eighth, after a Connor Owings bloop single, and a G.K. Young 2-RBI single. Arizona went through three pitchers in the inning as the Chants finally started to see the ball better.

WMBF News Sports Reporter Joe Murano was tweeting live from the championship game - follow his tweets above. Mobile users, tap here to follow along.

Stay tuned to WMBF News beginning at 4 p.m. for team coverage.

Copyright 2016 WMBF News. All rights reserved.