The 2018 Oregon State Beavers returned home in grand fashion Friday after winning the College World Series in Omaha, Nebraska Thursday night.
The Beavers arrived just before noon at Portland International Airport. They were greeted by firefighters and a water cannon salute.
From the airport, they headed to Pioneer Courthouse Square for a rally with fans.
"I have been a Beaver fan since Terry Baker won the Liberty Bowl," Bruce Fuerstenberg, a longtime fan, said. "Last night's game, you could not pull me away from the TV. [Kevin] Abel ... was phenomenal, and he just got better the longer the game went."
Thursday night, the Beavers beat the University of Arkansas 5-0 to claim the College World Series title.
"Last night’s game was just a thrill the entire way, just loved it," Renee Hille, another fan, said.
"We were on the edge of our seat at our house we would have loved to be in Omaha," Michael Janin, another fan, said. "Go Beavers. What a great baseball program."
During the Portland rally, Oregon State play-by-play announcer Mike Parker introduced the team. Head coach Pat Casey also spoke to the crowd.
"You cannot find a better group of young men to represent the great state of Oregon and Oregon State University than the men standing behind me," Casey said.
"Just to be with this group of guys means the world to me to have everyone here supporting all of us it is something special, something special about beaver nation," OSU Outfielder Jack Anderson said.
Many in the crowd say they are now looking forward to next season.
"Three is amazing, I'm ready for four, ready for five, I'll be there every year," Hille said.
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