1989 College World Series

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The 1989 College World Series was played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska from June 2 to June 10. The forty-third tournament's champion was Wichita State University, coached by Gene Stephenson. The Most Outstanding Player was Greg Brummett of Wichita State University.

Participants[edit]

Seeding School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach CWS Appearances CWS Best Finish CWS Record
1 Florida State Metro 52 - 16 (14 - 4) Mike Martin 9
(last: 1987)
2nd
(1970, 1986)
13 - 18
2 Texas SWC 51 - 17 (14 - 7) Cliff Gustafson 24
(last: 1987)
1st
(1949, 1950, 1975, 1983)
58 - 42
3 Miami (FL) n/a 48 - 16 (n/a) Ron Fraser 10
(last: 1988)
1st
(1982, 1985)
23 - 17
4 Wichita State MVC 63 - 15 (13 - 5) Gene Stephenson 2
(last: 1988)
2nd
(1982)
5 - 4
5 Arkansas SWC 50 - 14 (17 - 4) Norm DeBriyn 3
(last: 1987)
2nd
(1979)
6 - 6
6 Louisiana State SEC 53 - 15 (18 - 9) Skip Bertman 2
(last: 1987)
4th
(1987)
3 - 4
7 Long Beach State Big West 50 - 13 (17 - 4) Dave Snow 0
(last: none)
none 0 - 0
8 North Carolina ACC 41 - 16 - 1 (15 - 4) Mike Roberts 3
(last: 1978)
3rd
(1978)
2 - 6

Results[edit]

1989 College World Series bracket[edit]

The teams in the CWS were divided into two pools of four, with each pool playing a double-elimination format. For the first time since the first NCAA-sanctioned College World Series in 1947, the series was not a true double elimination tournament. Instead, the winners of the two pools met in a single National Championship game. Texas came out of its pool with no losses. Wichita State won its pool with one loss. Wichita State defeated Texas in the Championship game. Because each team only had one loss, in the championships prior to 1989, the teams would have played one more game--a winner-take-all game for the championship. However, in 1989, ESPN wanted a championship game and the NCAA capitulated. Therefore, when Texas lost the championship game, rather than play another game for the championship, Wichita State was crowned champion. The format was switched to a best of three series in 2003.

  First round Second round Semifinals Finals
                                           
1  Florida State 4  
8  North Carolina 2  
  1  Florida State 4  
  4  Wichita State 2  
4  Wichita State 3
5  Arkansas 1  
  1  Florida State 4 9  
  4  Wichita State 7 12  
8  North Carolina 3  
5  Arkansas 7  
  5  Arkansas 4
  4  Wichita State 8  
  4  Wichita State 5 /  
  2  Texas 3 /  
2  Texas 7  
7  Long Beach State 1  
  2  Texas 12
  3  Miami 2  
3  Miami 5
6  LSU 2  
  2  Texas 12
  6  LSU 7  
7  Long Beach State 5  
6  LSU 8  
  6  LSU 6
  3  Miami 3  

Game results[edit]

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
June 2 Game 1 Florida State 4 - 2 North Carolina
Game 2 Wichita State 3 - 1 Arkansas
June 3 Game 3 Texas 7 - 1 Long Beach State
Game 4 Miami 5 - 2 Louisiana State
June 4 Game 5 Arkansas 7 - 3 North Carolina North Carolina eliminated
Game 6 Louisiana State 8 - 5 Long Beach State Long Beach State eliminated
June 5 Game 7 Florida State 4 - 2 Wichita State
Game 8 Texas 12 - 2 Miami
June 6 Game 9 Wichita State 8 - 4 Arkansas Arkansas eliminated
Game 10 Louisiana State 6 - 3 Miami Miami eliminated
June 7 Game 11 Wichita State 7 - 4 Florida State
June 8 Game 12 Texas 12 - 7 Louisiana State Louisiana State eliminated
June 9 Game 13 Wichita State 12 - 9 Florida State Florida State eliminated
June 10 Final Wichita State 5 - 3 Texas Wichita State wins CWS

All-Tournament Team[edit]

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

Position Player Class School
Pitcher Greg Brummett Senior Wichita State
Jim Newlin Junior Wichita State
Catcher Eric Wedge Junior Wichita State
First baseman David Lowery Junior Texas
Second baseman Rocky Rau Junior Florida State
Third baseman Craig Newkirk Senior Texas
Shortstop Pat Meares Sophomore Wichita State
Outfielder Jim Audley Sophomore Wichita State
Arthur Butcher Senior Texas
Todd Dreifort Freshman Wichita State
Designated hitter Scott Bryant Junior Texas

Notable players[edit]

Tournament Notes[edit]