Ole Miss, Oxford welcome home national championship baseball team

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The College World Series trophy will live in the Magnolia State for one more year.

The Ole Miss Rebels won the title Sunday in Omaha, Nebraska. A year ago, it was their archrival Mississippi State claiming the crown.

When Brandon Johnson struck out the side in the ninth inning Sunday to complete an unlikely run to Ole Miss’s first baseball national championship, it sparked a celebration that stretched from Omaha to Oxford.

“We are so excited. This is just awesome,” one fan told FOX13 as fans waited Monday afternoon to welcome the team back to campus.

“We’re so proud,” said another. “We just can’t quit grinning.”

A day later, the Rebel faithful welcomed the winners home to Oxford where else but at the Walk of Champions.

“Aw, man. It feels amazing,” one member of the team said. “It feels like a football game day. Everybody’s out here supporting in the Grove, and it’s just electric, and I’m really proud we did it and brought it back for the city.”

The Rebels were one of the last teams to get a berth into the College World Series, but once the playoffs began, they were nearly unstoppable. They won 10 of 11 games, including a two-game championship series sweep over Oklahoma.

“This is amazing. It’s amazing to witness this,” said Bradley Boyd, who was visiting Ole Miss from North Carolina with his son, who will enroll at the school this fall. “It’s gonna be awesome. It’s gonna be epic.”

Longtime Ole Miss baseball booster Angelita Morris said she just wanted to give all the players a hug and a kiss.

“We just want to let them know that they have made Ole Miss so very proud,” she said.

Ole Miss and Oxford will celebrate the championship Wednesday evening. A parade through the Square starts at 5:15 and continues to campus. The team will make its way to Swayze Field for a celebration scheduled to start at 6 p.m.