1954 NCAA Baseball Tournament

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1954 NCAA Division I
Baseball Tournament
Teams 8
College World
Series Site
Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium
Omaha, NE
Champions Missouri (1st title)
Runner-Up Rollins (1st CWS Appearance)
Winning coach Hi Simmons (1st title)
MOP Tom Yewcic (Michigan State)
NCAA Baseball Tournaments
«1953 1955»

The 1954 NCAA Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1954 NCAA 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 eighth year. Eight regional districts sent representatives to the College World Series, but for the first time the preliminary tournament rounds hosted by each district were sanctioned NCAA events. These events would later become known as regionals. Each district had its own format for selecting teams, resulting in 24 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament.[1] The College World Series was held in Omaha, NE from June 10 to June 16. The eighth tournament's champion was Missouri, coached by John "Hi" Simmons. The Most Outstanding Player was Tom Yewcic of Michigan State.

Tournament[edit]

District 1[edit]

Games played in Springfield, MA.

First Round Finals
           
Massachusetts 9*
Springfield 7*
Massachusetts 2
Boston University 0
Boston University 8
Holy Cross 3

District 2[edit]

Games played at Allentown, PA.

First Round Finals
           
St. John's 4
Navy 2
St. John's (NY) 0
Lafayette 9
Lafayette 4
Villanova 3

District 3[edit]

District 3 consisted of two separate 3 game series'. The first series was played between Virginia Tech and Clemson, with the winner moving on to play Rollins in a three game series. The winner of that series moved on to the College World Series.

  Series 1
           
   Virginia Tech 11 7 -
   Clemson 10 1 -
  Series 2
           
   Virginia Tech 0 3 -
   Rollins 3 9 -

District 4[edit]

District 4 consisted of two separate 3 game series'. The first series was played between Ohio and Ashland, with the winner moving on to play Michigan St. in a three game series. The winner of that series moved on to the College World Series.

  Series 1
           
   Ashland 4 6 -
   Ohio 18 10 -
  Series 2
           
   Ohio 10 7 3
   Michigan State 14 0 5

District 5[edit]

  • Missouri (Automatic College World Series qualifier)

District 6[edit]

Games played at Austin, TX.

  District 6 Series
           
   Oklahoma State 6 12 7
   Texas 3 16 6

District 7[edit]

Games played at Greeley, CO.

District 8[edit]

Games played at Eugene, OR.

  First Round Semi-Finals Finals
                             
 Oregon 9  
 Seattle 4  
   Oregon 9  
   Fresno State 5  
 Fresno State 9
 Southern California 3  
   Oregon 1^ -
   Fresno State 0^ -
 Seattle 0  
 Southern California 9  
   Fresno State 7
   Southern California 4  

^ 5 innings

College World Series[edit]

Participants[edit]

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach CWS Appearances CWS Best Finish CWS Record
Arizona n/a 39 - 7 (n/a) Frank Sancet 0
(last: none)
none 0 - 0
Lafayette n/a 16 - 6 (n/a) Charlie Gelbert 1
(last: 1953)
3rd
(1953)
3 - 2
Massachusetts 14 - 5 (n/a) Earl Lorden 0
(last: none)
none 1 - 2
Michigan State Big 10 22 - 8 - 1 (11 - 2) John Kobs 0
(last: none)
none 0 - 0
Missouri Big Seven 17 - 3 (11 - 1) Hi Simmons 1
(last: 1952)
2nd
(1952)
3 - 2
Oklahoma A&M MVC 16 - 9 (8 - 1) Toby Greene 0
(last: none)
none 0 - 0
Oregon PCC 18 - 6 (11 - 5) Don Kirsch 0
(last: none)
none 0 - 0
Rollins 22 - 6 (n/a) Joe Justice 0
(last: none)
none 0 - 0

Results[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  First Round     Second Round     Third Round
                           
  Winner's Bracket
   Michigan State 16  
   Massachusetts 5    
       Michigan State 2  
       Arizona 1    
   Arizona 12          
   Oregon 1        
       Michigan State 4
       Rollins 5
   Rollins 9*        
   Oklahoma A&M 5*          
       Rollins 4    
       Missouri 1  
   Missouri 5    
   Lafayette 3  
  Loser's Bracket
   Massachusetts 5  
   Oregon 3      Missouri 8
     Massachusetts 1
   Oklahoma A&M 4  
   Lafayette 2      Arizona 4†
     Oklahoma A&M 5
  Semifinals     Finals     if needed
                           
  Re-ordered Semi-finals
   Rollins 2‡        Rollins 1
   Michigan State 3            Missouri 4
       Michigan State 3    
       Missouri 4  
   Missouri 7    
   Oklahoma A&M 3  

* - Indicates game required 11 innings. † - Indicates game required 14 innings. ‡ - Indicates game required 10 innings.

Game results[edit]

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
June 10 Game 1 Michigan State 16 - 5 Massachusetts
Game 2 Arizona 12 - 1 Oregon
June 11 Game 3 Rollins 9 - 5 (11) Oklahoma A&M
June 10 Game 4 Missouri 5 - 3 Lafayette
June 11 Game 5 Massachusetts 5 - 3 Oregon Oregon eliminated
Game 6 Oklahoma A&M 4 - 2 Lafayette Lafayette eliminated
Game 7 Michigan State 2 - 1 Arizona
Game 8 Rollins 4 - 1 Missouri
June 12 Game 9 Missouri 8 - 1 Massachusetts Massachusetts eliminated
Game 10 Oklahoma A&M 5 - 4 (14) Arizona Arizona eliminated
Game 11 Rollins 5 - 4 Michigan State
June 13 Game 12 Missouri 7 - 3 Oklahoma A&M Oklahoma A&M eliminated
Game 13 Michigan State 3 - 2 (10) Rollins
June 14 Game 14 Missouri 4 - 3 Michigan State Michigan State eliminated
June 16 Final Missouri 4 - 1 Rollins Missouri wins CWS

Notable players[edit]

Tournament Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA Men's College World Series Records". NCAA. 2009. p. 196. Retrieved 22 April 2012. 

See also[edit]