CHARLOTTESVILLE, VA (NEWSPLEX) -- The University of Virginia Baseball team celebrated its big win Thursday night at John Paul Jones arena in Charlottesville. They got back from Omaha on a plane into the Charlottesville-Albemarle Airport just a couple of hours before the party.
The UVa bookstore was packed with excited fans buying national championship shirts after what was a close game.
"It was a tense game,” said Daniel DeBord, a second year at UVa. “I was pretty concerned the whole time, but it was exciting."
It was a rematch of last year, but this time went in UVa's favor.
“They are a scrappy team,” said Chandler Lee, a Charlottesville resident. “They're fun to watch. Everybody counted them out, but they still pulled it out, still won."
It was clear to many that UVa came in as the underdog.
“Listening to the announcers,” said Kaia Henriksen, a second year at UVa. “Say ‘Vandy [Vanderbilt] is going to win,’ then we come out and get the win. It's so great to feel that."
Henriksen said she may have woken up her neighbors during the late game.
UVa's baseball team wasn't the only champion this year. Men’s tennis and men’s soccer brought home national titles as well.
"It's been wonderful to watch,” said Tom Faulders, president of the UVa Alumni Association for nine years. “How the athletic department continued to nurture all the teams and they've done very well. The overall goal of the athletics department is, their tagline is unrivaled excellence."
This championship puts UVa in the national spotlight again; at the end of a school year that was plagued with bad news from grounds. This time it is under positive light.
"To end the academic year on a high note with this baseball championship certainly helps counteract some of this negative media," said Faulders. "To see the baseball team do this against all the odds really is symbolic of the university."