1996 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

The 1996 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1996 NCAA Division I 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 fiftieth year. Eight regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event. Each region was composed of six teams, resulting in 48 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament.[1] The fiftieth tournament's champion was LSU, coached by Skip Bertman. The Most Outstanding Player was Pat Burrell of Miami (FL).

1996 NCAA Division I
Baseball Tournament
Season1996
Teams48
Finals site
ChampionsLSU (3rd title)
Runner-upMiami (FL) (15th CWS Appearance)
Winning coachSkip Bertman (3rd title)
TelevisionESPN Networks, CBS Sports

Regionals

The opening rounds of the tournament were played across eight regional sites across the country, each consisting of a six-team field. Each regional tournament is double-elimination, however region brackets are variable depending on the number of teams remaining after each round. The winners of each regional advanced to the College World Series.

Bold indicates winner.

Atlantic Regional

Hosted by Clemson at Tiger Field in Clemson, South Carolina

 
                                                 
  1 Clemson 9  
  6 Charleston Southern 1     1 Clemson 5  
    4 Old Dominion 1    
  2 Tennessee 4         1 Clemson 6            
  5 West Virginia 8           5 West Virginia 3              
      5 West Virginia 9           1 Clemson 12
      3 Georgia Southern 4         2 Tennessee 5
  3 Georgia Southern 6         2 Tennessee 10    
  4 Old Dominion 0       2 Tennessee 6     5 West Virginia 4  
  2 Tennessee 8     3 Georgia Southern 1  
  6 Charleston Southern 4  

Central I Regional

Hosted by Texas at Disch–Falk Field in Austin, Texas

 
                                               
  1 Miami (FL) 4  
  6 Sam Houston State 5     6 Sam Houston State 2  
    3 Texas 4    
      3 Texas 7  
      1 Miami (FL) 9     1 Miami (FL) 8  
  1 Miami (FL) 5         5 SW Missouri State 2    
  2 Long Beach State 2        
  2 Long Beach State 3         1 Miami (FL) 8
  5 SW Missouri State 5           4 UCLA 4
      5 SW Missouri State 13        
      4 UCLA 2          
  3 Texas 2           5 SW Missouri State 4*              
  4 UCLA 5         4 UCLA 9*            
  6 Sam Houston State 2    
  4 UCLA 10  

Central II Regional

Hosted by Texas Tech at Dan Law Field in Lubbock, Texas

 
                                                 
  1 Southern California 20  
  6 Akron 10     1 Southern California 15  
    4 Arkansas 5    
  2 Texas Tech 2         1 Southern California 3            
  5 Fresno State 12           3 Oklahoma State 9              
      5 Fresno State 5           3 Oklahoma State 10
      3 Oklahoma State 12         1 Southern California 2
  3 Oklahoma State 6         1 Southern California 13*    
  4 Arkansas 5       5 Fresno State 2     2 Texas Tech 10*  
  6 Akron 2     2 Texas Tech 4  
  2 Texas Tech 7  

East Regional

Hosted by Florida at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium in Gainesville, Florida

 
                                                 
  1 Florida 7  
  6 Bucknell 0     1 Florida 12  
    3 NC State 9    
  2 UCF 7         1 Florida 6*            
  5 UMass 8           4 South Florida 4*              
      5 UMass 8           1 Florida 12
      4 South Florida 14         5 UMass 2
  3 NC State 3         4 South Florida 12    
  4 South Florida 12       5 UMass 7     5 UMass 13  
  6 Bucknell 1     2 UCF 5  
  2 UCF 13  

Midwest Regional

Hosted by Wichita State at Eck Stadium in Wichita, Kansas

 
                                                 
  1 Wichita State 4  
  6 Indiana 0     1 Wichita State 9  
    4 Missouri 2    
  2 Cal State Fullerton 19         1 Wichita State 6            
  5 Delaware 8           2 Cal State Fullerton 1              
      2 Cal State Fullerton 7           1 Wichita State 16
      3 Rice 3         3 Rice 6
  3 Rice 17         2 Cal State Fullerton 10    
  4 Missouri 4       3 Rice 11     3 Rice 13  
  6 Indiana 10     6 Indiana 8  
  5 Delaware 8  

South I Regional

Hosted by Alabama at Sewell–Thomas Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

 
                                                 
  1 Alabama 19  
  6 Princeton 2     1 Alabama 9  
    3 South Alabama 3    
  2 Virginia 1         1 Alabama 3            
  5 Notre Dame 12           4 Stetson 1              
      5 Notre Dame 6           1 Alabama 18
      4 Stetson 7         2 Virginia 8
  3 South Alabama 8         4 Stetson 4*    
  4 Stetson 9       5 Notre Dame 1     2 Virginia 5*  
  6 Princeton 2     2 Virginia 7  
  2 Virginia 12  

South II Regional

Hosted by Louisiana State at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

 
                                                 
  1 LSU 8  
  6 Austin Peay 5     1 LSU 7  
    3 UNLV 6    
  2 Georgia Tech 3         1 LSU 17            
  5 New Orleans 13           5 New Orleans 4              
      5 New Orleans 13           1 LSU 29
      4 Tulane 5         2 Georgia Tech 13
  3 UNLV 7         5 New Orleans 7    
  4 Tulane 10       4 Tulane 4     2 Georgia Tech 12  
  6 Austin Peay 3     2 Georgia Tech 7  
  2 Georgia Tech 14  

West Regional

Hosted by Stanford at Sunken Diamond in Stanford, California

 
                                                 
  1 Florida State 16  
  6 Northeastern Illinois 0     1 Florida State 10  
    4 UC Santa Barbara 1    
  2 Stanford 10         1 Florida State 5            
  5 Cal State Northridge 5           2 Stanford 4              
      2 Stanford 8           1 Florida State 9
      3 Mississippi State 6         5 Cal State Northridge 2
  3 Mississippi State 6         2 Stanford 3    
  4 UC Santa Barbara 2       3 Mississippi State 19     5 Cal State Northridge 4  
  6 Northeastern Illinois 1     5 Cal State Northridge 20  
  5 Cal State Northridge 18  

College World Series

The championship game ended dramatically when LSU's Warren Morris hit a two-out, two-run home run against Miami reliever Robbie Morrison in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Bayou Bengals to a 9-8 victory over the Hurricanes. It was Morris's only home run of the 1996 season. Morris, an All-American in 1995, missed much of the 1996 season after suffering a wrist injury early in the campaign.

Oklahoma State's participation in CWS marked the last athletic event for the Big 8 Conference. The Big 8 was absorbed into the new Big 12 on July 1, 1996.

Participants

SeedingSchoolConferenceRecord (Conference)Head CoachCWS AppearancesCWS Best FinishCWS Record
1AlabamaSEC49–17 (20–10)Jim Wells2
(last: 1983)
2nd
(1983)
4–4
2FloridaSEC48–16 (20–10)Andy Lopez2
(last: 1991)
3rd
(1991)
3–4
3Wichita StateMVC54–9 (24–4)Gene Stephenson6
(last: 1993)
1st
(1989)
16–9
4ClemsonACC49–15 (17–7)Jack Leggett7
(last: 1995)
5th
(1958, 1959, 1976)
4–14
5Miami (FL)n/a47–13 (n/a)Jim Morris14
(last: 1995)
1st
(1982, 1985)
29–25
6LSUSEC48–15 (20–10)Skip Bertman7
(last: 1994)
1st
(1991, 1993)
15–11
7Florida StateACC51–15 (19–5)Mike Martin14
(last: 1995)
2nd
(1970, 1986)
18–28
8Oklahoma StateBig 845–19 (17–9)Gary Ward17
(last: 1993)
1st
(1959)
38–32

Results

Bracket

  First Round Second Round Semifinals Finals
                                       
1 Alabama 7  
8 Oklahoma State 5  
  1 Alabama 1  
  5 Miami (FL) 15  
4 Clemson 3
5 Miami (FL) 7  
  5 Miami (FL) 14  
Bracket One
  4 Clemson 5  
8 Oklahoma State 5  
4 Clemson 810  
  1 Alabama 13
  4 Clemson 14  
  5 Miami (FL) 8
  6 LSU 9
2 Florida 5  
7 Florida State 2  
  2 Florida 4
  6 LSU 9  
3 Wichita State 8
6 LSU 9  
  6 LSU 2
Bracket Two
  2 Florida 1  
7 Florida State 8  
3 Wichita State 4  
  2 Florida 6
  7 Florida State 3  

Game results

DateGameWinnerScoreLoserNotes
May 31Game 1Alabama7–5Oklahoma State
Game 2Miami (FL)7–3Clemson
June 1Game 3Florida5–2Florida State
Game 4LSU9–8Wichita State
June 2Game 5Miami (FL)15–1Alabama
Game 6Clemson8–5 (10 innings)Oklahoma StateOklahoma State eliminated
June 3Game 7LSU9–4Florida
Game 8Florida State8–4Wichita StateWichita State eliminated
June 4Game 9Clemson14–13AlabamaAlabama eliminated
Game 10Florida6–3Florida StateFlorida State eliminated
June 5Game 11Miami (FL)14–5ClemsonClemson eliminated
June 6Game 12LSU2–1FloridaFlorida eliminated
June 8FinalLSU9–8Miami (FL)LSU wins CWS

All-Tournament Team

The following players were members of the All-Tournament Team.

PositionPlayerClassSchool
PitcherJ.D. ArteagaJuniorMiami (FL)
Ed YarnallJuniorLSU
CatcherTim LanierSeniorLSU
First basemanChris MollerSeniorAlabama
Second basemanRudy GomezJuniorMiami (FL)
Third basemanPat Burrell (MOP)FreshmanMiami (FL)
ShortstopAlex CoraJuniorMiami (FL)
OutfielderJustin BowlesSeniorLSU
Michael DeCelleJuniorMiami (FL)
Brad WilkersonFreshmanFlorida
Designated hitterChuck HazzardSophomoreFlorida

Notable players


Tournament notes

  • LSU's 29-13 victory over Georgia Tech sets a new tournament record for most combined runs (42).

References

  1. "NCAA Men's College World Series Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2009. p. 195. Retrieved November 5, 2014.
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