1976 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

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1976 NCAA Division I
Baseball Tournament
Season 1976
Teams 34
College World
Series Site
Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium
Omaha, NE
Champions Arizona (1st title)
Runner-Up Eastern Michigan (2nd CWS Appearance)
Winning coach Jerry Kindall (1st title)
MOP Steve Powers (Arizona)
NCAA Baseball Tournaments
«1975  1977»

The 1976 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1976 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 thirtieth year. Eight regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event. Seven regions held a four team, double-elimination tournament while one region included six teams, resulting in 34 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament.[1] The thirtieth tournament's champion was Arizona, coached by Jerry Kindall. The Most Outstanding Player was Steve Powers of Arizona.

Regionals[edit]

Seven of the eight regionals were played as 4-team double-elimination tournaments. One regional was played as a 6-team double-elimination tournament. The winner of each regional moved onto the College World Series.

Atlantic Regional[edit]

Games played in Columbia, South Carolina.

  First Round Semi-Finals Finals
                             
 Clemson 13  
 Furman 2  
   Clemson 10  
   South Carolina 4  
 South Carolina 7*
 Virginia Tech 6*  
   Clemson 6
   Furman 2
 Furman 5  
 Virginia Tech 4  
   South Carolina 1
   Furman 12  

Rocky Mountain Regional[edit]

Games played in Tempe, Arizona.

  First Round Semi-Finals Finals
                             
 Memphis 6  
 Minnesota 0  
   Memphis 4  
   Arizona State 11  
 Arizona State 13
 Gonzaga 2  
   Arizona State 12
   Minnesota 5
 Minnesota 4  
 Gonzaga 0  
   Memphis 4
   Minnesota 17  

Mideast Regional[edit]

Games played in Ypsilanti, Michigan.

  First Round Semi-Finals Finals
                             
 Illinois State 5  
 Southern Illinois 2  
   Illinois State 0  
   Eastern Michigan 3  
 Eastern Michigan 6
 Michigan 0  
   Eastern Michigan 3 6
   Michigan 5 0
 Southern Illinois 0  
 Michigan 2  
   Illinois State 4
   Michigan 5  

South Regional[edit]

Games played in Tallahassee, Florida.

  First Round Semi-Finals Finals
                             
 Auburn 10  
 Middle Tennessee 5  
   Auburn 2  
   Florida State 1  
 Florida State 6
 Jacksonville 1  
   Auburn 7
   Jacksonville 5
 Middle Tennessee 5  
 Jacksonville 8  
   Florida State 7
   Jacksonville 9  

Midwest Regional[edit]

Games played in Edinburg, Texas.

  First Round Semi-Finals Finals
                             
 Missouri 5  
 Texas A&M 3  
   Missouri 1  
   Arizona 10  
 Arizona 5
 Texas–Pan American 0  
   Arizona 8
   Texas A&M 2
 Texas A&M 2  
 Texas–Pan American 1  
   Missouri 3
   Texas A&M 12  

South Central Regional[edit]

Games played in Arlington, Texas.

  First Round Semi-Finals Finals
                             
 Oklahoma 11  
 Miami (FL) 3  
   Oklahoma 3  
   Texas 2  
 Texas 3
 Lamar 2  
   Oklahoma 5* 4
   Texas 6* 1
 Miami (FL) 6  
 Lamar 0  
   Texas 5
   Miami (FL) 0  

West Regional[edit]

Games played in Pullman, Washington.

  First Round Semi-Finals Finals
                             
 Cal State Fullerton 7  
 Northern Colorado 1  
   Cal State Fullerton 1  
   Washington State 5  
 Washington State 8
 Pepperdine 2  
   Washington State 1 7
   Cal State Fullerton 13 2
 Pepperdine 4  
 Northern Colorado 2  
   Cal State Fullerton 11
   Pepperdine 3  

Northeast Regional[edit]

Games played in Storrs, Connecticut.

  First Round Second Round Third Round Semi-Finals Finals
                                                 
   Seton Hall 8  
   St. John's 0      Seton Hall 3  
     Penn State 2    
   Temple 6          Seton Hall 1            
   Columbia 2            Maine 3              
       Temple 3            Maine 4
       Maine 6          Seton Hall 2
   Maine 11          Seton Hall 1    
   Penn State 4        St. John's 3      Temple 0  
   Columbia 5      Temple 4  
   St. John's 12  

College World Series[edit]

Participants[edit]

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach CWS Appearances CWS Best Finish CWS Record
Arizona WAC 51 - 16 (12 - 6) Jerry Kindall 9
(last: 1970)
2nd
(1956, 1958, 1960)
17 - 18
Arizona State WAC 62 - 8 (17 - 1) Jim Brock 7
(last: 1975)
1st
(1965, 1967, 1969)
26 - 11
Auburn SEC 37 - 13 (12 - 7) Paul Nix 1
(last: 1967)
4th
(1967)
2 - 2
Clemson ACC 35 - 13 (10 - 2) Bill Wilhelm 2
(last: 1959)
5th
(1958, 1959)
2 - 4
Eastern Michigan MAC 43 - 14 (12 - 3) Ron Oestrike 1
(last: 1975)
6th
(1975)
1 - 2
Maine Eastern Collegiate 27 - 7 (n/a) John Winkin 1
(last: 1964)
3rd
(1964)
3 - 2
Oklahoma Big 8 62 - 17 (4 - 1) Enos Semore 5
(last: 1975)
1st
(1951)
9 - 8
Washington State Pac-8 42 - 13 (16 - 2) Chuck Brayton 3
(last: 1965)
2nd
(1950)
5 - 6

Results[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  First Round     Second Round     Third Round
                           
  Winner's Bracket
   Clemson 9  
   Auburn 4    
       Clemson 2  
       Eastern Michigan 310    
   Eastern Michigan 3          
   Maine 2        
       Eastern Michigan 2
       Arizona State 1
   Arizona State 710        
   Arizona 6          
       Arizona State 9    
       Washington State 3  
   Washington State 6    
   Oklahoma 1  
  Loser's Bracket
   Auburn 8  
   Maine 9      Washington State 3
     Maine 6
   Arizona 10  
   Oklahoma 2      Clemson 6
     Arizona 10
  Semifinals     Finals     if needed
                           
  Re-ordered Semi-finals
   Eastern Michigan 6        Eastern Michigan 1
   Arizona 7            Arizona 7
       Arizona 5    
       Arizona State 1  
   Arizona State 7    
   Maine 0  

Game results[edit]

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
June 11 Game 1 Clemson 9 - 4 Auburn
Game 2 Eastern Michigan 3 - 2 Maine
June 12 Game 3 Arizona State 7 - 6 (10 innings) Arizona
Game 4 Washington State 6 - 1 Oklahoma
Game 5 Maine 9 - 8 Auburn Auburn eliminated
June 13 Game 6 Arizona 10 - 2 Oklahoma Oklahoma eliminated
Game 7 Eastern Michigan 3 - 2 (10 innings) Clemson
Game 8 Arizona State 9 - 3 Washington State
June 14 Game 9 Arizona 10 - 6 Clemson Clemson eliminated
Game 10 Maine 6 - 3 Washington State Washington State eliminated
June 15 Game 11 Eastern Michigan 2 - 1 Arizona State
June 16 Game 12 Arizona State 7 - 0 Maine Maine eliminated
Game 13 Arizona 11 - 6 Eastern Michigan
June 18 Game 14 Arizona 5 - 1 Arizona State Arizona State eliminated
June 19 Final Arizona 7 - 1 Eastern Michigan Arizona wins CWS

All-Tournament Team[edit]

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

Position Player Class School
Pitcher Bob Chaulk Junior Arizona
Bob Owchinko Senior Eastern Michigan
Catcher Ron Hassey Senior Arizona
First baseman Ken Phelps Senior Arizona State
Second baseman Dan Schmitz Junior Eastern Michigan
Third baseman Brian Petroff Freshman Eastern Michigan
Shortstop Russ Quetti Sophomore Maine
Outfielder Ken Landreaux Junior Arizona State
Dave Stegman Senior Arizona
Pete Van Horne Junior Arizona
Designated hitter Steve Powers Senior Arizona

Notable players[edit]

Tournament Notes[edit]

  • The Arizona State team featured 13 future Major League players – a record matched by the school's team from the previous year.
  • Arizona head coach Jerry Kindall became the first person to win a College World Series as both a player (1956, Minnesota) and a coach.
  • Keith Drumright appeared in his fourth College World Series.
  • As of 2014, Eastern Michigan remains the last northern school to play in the final game of the College World Series.

See als[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA Men's College World Series Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2009. p. 195. Retrieved August 22, 2014.