And then there was one.
The Concordia University baseball team, quite possibly the most unlikely of champions, defied the odds and became just that — champions — winning the Avista-NAIA World Series held in Lewiston, Idaho.
The Eagles, seeded No. 9 in the 10-team World Series, went 5-1 in the double-elimination tournament, taking home the school's first national crown in baseball, culminating with their 9-3 victory over Lubbock Christian (Texas) in Friday's winner-take-all title game.
"It's an unbelievable feeling right now, I'm still a little numb," Concordia head coach Mike Grahovac said Saturday as he and his team prepared to board a plane for the flight home.
Senior center fielder Matt Ivanoff hit .417 (10-for-24) with seven runs scored and eight RBIs in the Series, played stellar defense, and was named the Series Most Valuable Player.