1955 NCAA Baseball Tournament

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1955 NCAA Division I
Baseball Tournament
Teams 8
College World
Series Site
Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium
Omaha, NE
Champions Wake Forest (1st title)
Runner-Up Western Michigan (2nd CWS Appearance)
Winning coach Taylor Sanford (1st title)
MOP Tom Borland (Oklahoma A&M)
NCAA Baseball Tournaments
«1954 1956»

The 1955 NCAA Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1955 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 ninth 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.[1] The College World Series was held in Omaha, NE from June 10 to June 16. The ninth tournament's champion was Wake Forest, coached by Taylor Sanford. The Most Outstanding Player was Tom Borland of Oklahoma A&M.

Tournament[edit]

District 1[edit]

Games played at Springfield, Massachusetts.

Semi-Finals Finals
           
Springfield 4
Boston College 3
Springfield 17
Massachusetts 6
Massachusetts 1
Holy Cross 0

District 2[edit]

Games played in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Semi-Finals Finals
           
Colgate 7
Penn State 4
Colgate 7
Ithaca 6
Ithaca 5
Lafayette 0

District 3[edit]

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

Games played at Morgantown, West Virginia.

  Series 1
           
   Rollins 0 2 -
   Wake Forest 4 6 -
  Series 2
           
   Wake Forest 5 7 6
   West Virginia 1 9 5

District 4[edit]

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

Games played at Kalamazoo, Michigan.

  Series 1
           
   Alma 9 0 4
   Western Michigan 8 3 15
  Series 2
           
   Western Michigan 1* 5 7
   Ohio State 0* 8 5

District 5[edit]

Games played in Norman, Oklahoma.

  3 Game Series
           
   Oklahoma A&M 0 6 6
   Oklahoma 3 3 2

District 6[edit]

Games played at Tucson, Arizona.

  3 Game Series
           
   Texas A&M 2 5 1
   Arizona 6 0 2

District 7[edit]

Games played at Greeley, Colorado.

  3 Game Series
           
   Wyoming 8 13 5
   Colorado State 17 7 12

District 8[edit]

District 8 consisted of two tiers of play. The first tier was a four-team double-elimination tournament with the winner moving on to play Southern California in a three-game series. The winner of that series moved onto the College World Series.

Games played at Fresno, California.

  First Round Semi-Finals Finals
                             
 Fresno State 6  
 Willamette 3  
   Fresno St. 1  
   San Jose State 3  
 San Jose State 9
 Pepperdine 2  
   San Jose State 4 1
   Fresno State 9 5
 Willamette 11  
 Pepperdine 14  
   Fresno State 8
   Pepperdine 7  

Games played at Los Angeles, California.

  3 Game Series
           
   Fresno St. 2 2 -
   Southern California 11 15 -

College World Series[edit]

Participants[edit]

School Conference Record (conference) Head coach CWS appearances CWS best finish CWS record
Arizona 41–6 Frank Sancet 1
(last: 1954)
6th
(1954)
1–2
Colgate 16–6–1 Red O'Hora 0
(last: none)
none 0–0
Colorado State[a] 24–2 Pete Butler 2
(last: 1953)
7th
(1953)
0–4
Oklahoma A&M MVIAA 24–1 (8–0, 0 GB) Toby Greene 1
(last: 1954)
4th
(1954)
2–2
Springfield 14–5 Archie Allen 1
(last: 1951)
5th
(1951)
1–2
USC CIBA 30–8 (14–2, 0 GB) Rod Dedeaux 3
(last: 1951)
1st
(1948)
5–5
Wake Forest ACC 24–6 (11–3, 0 GB) Taylor Sanford 1
(last: 1949)
2nd
(1949)
2–2
Western Michigan MAC 22–5 (9–0, 0 GB) Charlie Maher 1
(last: 1952)
3rd
(1952)
2–2

Bracket and Results[edit]

  First Round     Second Round     Third Round
                           
  Winner's Bracket
   Oklahoma A&M 5  
   Springfield 1    
       Oklahoma A&M 4  
       Western Michigan 5    
   Western Michigan 4          
   Arizona 1        
       Western Michigan 9
       Wake Forest 0
   Colorado State 2        
   Southern California 1          
       Colorado State 0    
       Wake Forest 10  
   Wake Forest 1    
   Colgate 0  
  Loser's Bracket
   Springfield 0  
   Arizona 6      Colorado State 0
     Arizona 20
   Southern California 4  
   Colgate 6      Oklahoma A&M 4
     Colgate 2
  Semifinals     Finals     if needed
                           
  Re-ordered Semi-finals
   Western Michigan 7        Western Michigan 6
   Wake Forest 10            Wake Forest 7
       Wake Forest 2    
       Oklahoma A&M 0  
   Arizona 4*    
   Oklahoma A&M 5*  

* - Indicates game required 12 innings.

Game results[edit]

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
June 10 Game 1 Oklahoma A&M 5–1 Springfield
Game 2 Western Michigan 4–1 Arizona
Game 3 Colorado State 2–1 Southern California
Game 4 Wake Forest 1–0 Colgate
June 12 Game 5 Arizona 6–0 Springfield Springfield eliminated
Game 6 Colgate 6–4 USC Southern California eliminated
Game 7 Western Michigan 5–4 Oklahoma A&M
Game 8 Wake Forest 10–0 Colorado State
June 13 Game 9 Arizona 20–0 Colorado State Colorado State eliminated
Game 10 Oklahoma A&M 4–2 Colgate Colgate eliminated
Game 11 Western Michigan 9–0 Wake Forest
June 14 Game 12 Oklahoma A&M 5–4 (12 innings) Arizona Arizona eliminated
Game 13 Wake Forest 10–7 Western Michigan
June 15 Game 14 Wake Forest 2–0 Oklahoma A&M Oklahoma A&M eliminated
June 16 Final Wake Forest 7–6 Western Michigan Wake Forest wins CWS

Tournament Notes[edit]

  • In 1996, coach Rod Dedeaux of USC was named to the College World Series All-Time Team (1947–95) by the Oklahoma World-Herald as part of the 50th CWS celebration.
  • In 1996, Tom Borland of Oklahoma A&M, now known as Oklahoma State, was named to the 1940s-50s All-Decade Team by a panel of 60 voters representing CWS head coaches, media, and chairs of the Division I Baseball Committee.
  • Freed Messner of Western Michigan hit the only pinch-hit grand slam home run in CWS history in the top of the 8th of Game 13 in a 10-7 loss to Wake Forest. It was also Messner's only hit of the CWS (1-12).
  • Two-hitters were pitched by: Lawrence Bossidy of Colgate in a 1-0 loss to Wake Forest; Carl Thomas of Arizona in a 6-0 defeat of Springfield; Ken Kinnamon and Don Anderson of Oklahoma A&M in a 5-4 loss to Western Michigan; and Sam Frankel and Lawrence Bossidy of Colgate in a 4-2 loss to Oklahoma A&M.
  • Through the 2013 tournament, Wake Forest's championship remains the most recent occurrence that a member of the Atlantic Coast Conference won the CWS. The University of Miami, a current ACC member, has won four CWS titles, but all before joining the conference.
  • 21,843 fans watched the CWS (10 sessions).
  • The championship game was umpired by Walter Doyle, Walter Harbour, George Hametz, and John Hergert.
  • The following records were set or tied:
    • Most Stolen Bases, Team, CWS - 17, Oklahoma A&M, 5 games
    • Most Shutouts, All Teams, CWS - 6, Arizona (2), Wake Forest (3), Western Michigan, tied
    • Most Doubles, Individual, Single Game - 3, Jack Bryant, 2B, Wake Forest, tied (6 others)
    • Most Sacrifice Bunts, Individual, Single Game - 3, Leland Davis, SS, Western Michigan, tied
    • Most Stolen Bases, Team, Single Game - 7, Wake Forest, tied (4 others)
    • Fewest Assists, Team, Single Game - 3, Oklahoma A&M, tied (6 others)
    • Most Errors, Team, Single Game - 9, Northern Colorado, tied
    • Most Shutouts, Team, CWS - 3, Wake Forest, 6 games

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Colorado State College is currently known as the University of Northern Colorado. Not to be confused with Colorado State University, then known as Colorado A&M.

References[edit]

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

See also[edit]