1961 NCAA University Division Baseball Tournament
The 1961 NCAA University Division Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1961 NCAA University Division baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its fifteenth year. Eight regional districts sent representatives to the College World Series with preliminary rounds within each district serving to determine each representative. These events would later become known as regionals. Each district had its own format for selecting teams, resulting in 25 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament. The College World Series was held in Omaha, NE from June 9 to June 14. The fifteenth tournament's champion was Southern California, coached by Rod Dedeaux. The Most Outstanding Player was Littleton Fowler of runner-up Oklahoma State.
|Champions||Southern California (3rd title)|
|Runner-up||Oklahoma State (5th CWS Appearance)|
|Winning coach||Rod Dedeaux (3rd title)|
Games played at Springfield, Massachusetts.
Games played at Syracuse, New York.
Games played at Gastonia, North Carolina.
Games played at Ann Arbor, Michigan.
* Indicates game required 10 innings. † Indicates game required 14 innings.
Games played at Laramie, Wyoming.
College World Series
|School||Conference||Record (Conference)||Head Coach||CWS Appearances||CWS Best Finish||CWS Record|
|Boston College||16–4 (n/a)||Ed Peligrini||2|
|Colorado State||28–6 (n/a)||Pete Butler||7|
|Duke||ACC||15–9 (11–3)||Ace Parker||2|
|Oklahoma State||Big 8||24–1 (18–1)||Toby Greene||4|
|Syracuse||16–3 (n/a)||Ted Kleinhans||0|
|Texas||SWC||22–4–2 (11–3)||Bibb Falk||5|
|Southern California||CIBA||31–7 (12–4)||Rod Dedeaux||6|
|Western Michigan||MAC||18–6 (11–0)||Charlie Maher||4|
|First Round||Second Round||Third Round|
|Colorado State||3||Boston College||410|
|June 9||Game 1||Oklahoma State||3–2||Duke|
|June 10||Game 2||Syracuse||12–5||Colorado State|
|Game 3||Boston College||3–2||Western Michigan|
|Game 4||Southern California||8–6||Texas|
|June 11||Game 5||Duke||15–3||Colorado State||Colorado State eliminated|
|Game 6||Western Michigan||8–2||Texas||Texas eliminated|
|Game 7||Oklahoma State||12–9||Syracuse|
|Game 8||Southern California||10–3||Boston College|
|June 12||Game 9||Boston College||4–3 (10 innings)||Duke||Duke eliminated|
|Game 10||Syracuse||6–0||Western Michigan||Western Michigan eliminated|
|Game 11||Southern California||4–2||Oklahoma State|
|June 13||Game 12||Oklahoma State||8–0||Syracuse||Syracuse eliminated|
|Game 13||Southern California||4–3||Boston College||Boston College eliminated|
|June 14||Final||Southern California||1–0||Oklahoma State||Southern California wins CWS|
The following players were members of the All-Tournament Team.
|Pitcher||Littleton Fowler||Sophomore||Oklahoma State|
|First baseman||William Ryan||Junior||USC|
|Second baseman||Bruce Andrew||Senior||Oklahoma State|
|Third baseman||Dave Sarette||Senior||Syracuse|
|Shortstop||Don Wallace||Junior||Oklahoma State|
|Bill Tomb||Sophomore||Western Michigan|
- "NCAA Men's College World Series Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2009. p. 192. Retrieved April 3, 2014.