1978 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

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1978 NCAA Division I
Baseball Tournament
Season 1978
Teams 8
College World
Series Site
Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium
Omaha, NE
Champions Southern California (11th title)
Runner-Up Arizona State (2nd CWS Appearance)
Winning coach Rod Dedeaux (11th title)
MOP Rod Boxberger (Southern California)
NCAA Baseball Tournaments
«1977  1979»

The 1978 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1978 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 thirty second 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 thirty-second tournament's champion was Southern California, coached by Rod Dedeaux. The Most Outstanding Player was Rod Boxberger of Southern California.

Regionals[edit]

The opening rounds of the tournament were played across eight regional sites across the country, seven consisting of four teams and one of six teams.[1] The winners of each District advanced to the College World Series.

Bold indicates winner.

Atlantic Regional at Coral Gables, FL[edit]

 
                             
 Marshall 4  
 Florida State 0  
   Marshall 9  
   Clemson 3  
 Clemson 8
 Miami (FL) 5  
   Marshall 0 1
   Miami (FL) 6 5
 Florida State 2  
 Miami (FL) 7  
   Clemson 5
   Miami (FL) 7  

Mideast Regional at Ann Arbor, MI[edit]

 
                             
 Eastern Michigan 4  
 Missouri 2  
   Eastern Michigan 4  
   Michigan 6  
 Michigan 18
 Texas A&M 1  
   Michigan 3
   Texas A&M 0
 Missouri 1  
 Texas A&M 5  
   Eastern Michigan 1
   Texas A&M 6  

Midwest Regional at Tulsa, OK[edit]

 
                             
 Southern Illinois 7  
 Michigan State 2  
   Southern Illinois 5  
   Oral Roberts 8  
 Oral Roberts 10
 Oklahoma State 3  
   Oral Roberts 7
   Southern Illinois 2
 Michigan State 6  
 Oklahoma State 7  
   Southern Illinois 4
   Oklahoma State 0  

Northeast Regional at Holyoke, MA[edit]

 
                                                 
   Delaware 1  
   Harvard 0      Delaware 4  
     UMass 3    
   Holy Cross 5          Delaware 4            
   St. John's 3            Temple 12              
       Holy Cross 7*            Temple 5 6
       Temple 8*          St. John's 8 15
   Temple 5          Delaware 4    
   UMass 0        Holy Cross 12      St. John's 7  
   Harvard 0      St. John's 14  
   St. John's 8  

Rocky Mountain Regional at Tempe, AZ[edit]

 
                             
 Gonzaga 7  
 Washington State 1  
   Gonzaga 5  
   UNLV 4  
 UNLV 17
 Arizona State 10  
   Gonzaga 1 4
   Arizona State 17 11
 Washington State 8  
 Arizona State 14  
   UNLV 5
   Arizona State 30  

South Regional at Auburn, AL[edit]

 
                             
 North Carolina 15  
 East Tennessee State 1  
   North Carolina 3  
   Auburn 2  
 Auburn 14
 Memphis 10  
   North Carolina 6 11
   Memphis 8 9
 East Tennessee State 0  
 Memphis 5  
   Auburn 5
   Memphis 6  

South Central Regional at Arlington, TX[edit]

 
                             
 Texas–Pan American 7  
 Louisiana Tech 0  
   Texas–Pan American 2*  
   Baylor 3  
 Baylor 3
 Mississippi State 0  
   Baylor 6
   Mississippi State 3
 Louisiana Tech 5  
 Mississippi State 6  
   Texas–Pan American 5*
   Mississippi State 7  

West Regional at Los Angeles, CA[edit]

 
                             
 Cal State Fullerton 4  
 Santa Clara 0  
   Cal State Fullerton 2*  
   Southern California 3*  
 Southern California 3
 Arizona 2  
   Southern California 2
   Arizona 0
 Santa Clara 6  
 Arizona 13  
   Cal State Fullerton 3
   Arizona 7  

College World Series[edit]

Participants[edit]

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach CWS Appearances CWS Best Finish CWS Record
Arizona State WAC 53 - 10 (15 - 3) Jim Brock 9
(last: 1977)
1st
(1965, 1967, 1969, 1977)
34 - 14
Baylor SWC 32 - 17 - 2 (15 - 9) Mickey Sullivan 1
(last: 1977)
8th
(1977)
0 - 2
Miami (FL) n/a 48 - 10 (n/a) Ron Fraser 1
(last: 1974)
2nd
(1974)
3 - 2
Michigan Big 10 29 - 15 (13 - 3) Moby Benedict 2
(last: 1962)
1st
(1953)
8 - 1
North Carolina ACC 36 - 15 (9 - 3) Mike Roberts 2
(last: 1966)
7th
(1960)
0 - 4
Oral Roberts n/a 44 - 10 (n/a) Larry Cochell 0
(last: none)
none 0 - 0
St. John's ECAC 40 - 16 (n/a) Joe Russo 4
(last: 1968)
4th
(1949, 1966, 1968)
5 - 8
Southern California Pac-8 49 - 9 (15 - 3) Rod Dedeaux 16
(last: 1974)
1st
(1948, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1968, 1970, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1974)
58 - 19

Results[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  First Round     Second Round     Third Round
                           
  Winner's Bracket
   Michigan 4  
   Baylor 0    
       Michigan 3  
       Southern California 11    
   Southern California 9          
   Miami (FL) 3        
       Southern California 5
       Arizona State 2
   Oral Roberts 11        
   North Carolina 0          
       Oral Roberts 6    
       Arizona State 7  
   Arizona State 13    
   St. John's 2  
  Loser's Bracket
   Baylor 1  
   Miami (FL) 12      Oral Roberts 3
     Miami (FL) 5
   North Carolina 9  
   St. John's 5      Michigan 6
     North Carolina 7
  Semifinals     Finals     if needed
                           
  Re-ordered Semi-finals
   Southern California 3        
   North Carolina 2            
       Southern California 10    
       Arizona State 3  
   Arizona State 11    
   Miami (FL) 3  

Game results[edit]

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
June 2 Game 1 Michigan 4 - 0 Baylor
Game 2 Southern California 9 - 3 Miami (FL)
June 3 Game 3 Oral Roberts 11 - 0 North Carolina
Game 4 Arizona State 13 - 2 St. John's
Game 5 Miami (FL) 12 - 1 Baylor Baylor eliminated
June 4 Game 6 North Carolina 9 - 5 St. John's St. John's eliminated
Game 7 Southern California 11 - 3 Michigan
Game 8 Arizona State 7 - 6 Oral Roberts
June 5 Game 9 North Carolina 7 - 6 Michigan Michigan eliminated
Game 10 Miami (FL) 5 - 3 Oral Roberts Oral Roberts eliminated
June 6 Game 11 Southern California 5 - 2 Arizona State
June 7 Game 12 Arizona State 11 - 3 Miami (FL) Miami eliminated
Game 13 Southern California 3 - 2 North Carolina North Carolina eliminated
June 8 Final Southern California 10 - 3 Arizona State Southern California wins CWS

All-Tournament Team[edit]

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

Position Player Class School
Pitcher Rod Boxberger Junior Southern California
Casey Lindsey Junior Arizona State
Catcher Chris Bando Senior Arizona State
First baseman Dave Hostetler Senior Southern California
Second baseman Mike Fox Senior North Carolina
Third baseman Bob Horner Junior Arizona State
Shortstop Doug Stokke Senior Southern California
Outfielder Tim Tolman Senior Southern California
John Wells Junior Southern California
Steve Michael Junior Arizona State
Designated hitter Randy Guerra Junior Miami (FL)

Notable players[edit]

Tournament notes[edit]

  • Chris Bando appears in his fourth College World Series.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NCAA Men's College World Series Records". NCAA. 2009. p. 195. Retrieved August 24, 2014. 

See also[edit]