Chants take in Omaha with good-luck charm in dugout

beckandfikiThe Coastal Carolina baseball team touched down in Omaha with one unofficial team mascot in tow, and they wouldn’t leave home without him.

Fiki, the stuffed monkey that has served as a source of inspiration during the Chanticleers’ run to the College World Series, was in uniform and chilling out in the dugout while the team ran through its first practice at TD Ameritrade Park on Friday.

Fiki, short for “Rafiki” from The Lion King, has become a centerpiece of the Chants’ explosion over the past two months. The team purchased the toy at a truck stop on the way home from being swept in a three-game series by Georgia Tech – the low point of the season for Coastal.

But since the addition of the good-luck charm chimp to their ranks, the Chants are 18-2 and on a roll entering the College World Series, including ninth-inning road rallies to clinch the Regional against NC State and the Super Regional against LSU.

Coastal faces top-seeded Florida in the first round at 8 p.m. Saturday, and Fiki will  be front and center when the Chants take on the Gators. Stay tuned for a full reports on the team’s trip to Omaha.

Photo courtesy of NCAA Baseball

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