1996 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

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1996 NCAA Division I
Baseball Tournament
Teams 8
College World
Series Site
Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium
Omaha, NE
Champions LSU (3rd title)
Runner-Up Miami (FL) (15th CWS Appearance)
Winning coach Skip Bertman (3rd title)
MOP Pat Burrell (Miami (FL))
NCAA Baseball Tournaments
«1995  1997»

The 1996 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1996 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 fiftieth year. Eight regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event. Each region was composed of six teams, resulting in 48 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament.[1] The fiftieth tournament's champion was LSU, coached by Skip Bertman. The Most Outstanding Player was Pat Burrell of the Miami (FL).

Regionals[edit]

The opening rounds of the tournament were played across eight regional sites across the country, each consisting of a six-team field. Each regional tournament is double-elimination, however region brackets are variable depending on the number of teams remaining after each round. The winners of each regional advanced to the College World Series.

Bold indicates winner.

Atlantic Regional[edit]

Hosted by Clemson at Tiger Field in Clemson, South Carolina

 
                                                 
  1  Clemson 9  
  6  Charleston Southern 1     1  Clemson 5  
    4  Old Dominion 1    
  2  Tennessee 4         1  Clemson 6            
  5  West Virginia 8           5  West Virginia 3              
      5  West Virginia 9           1  Clemson 12
      3  Georgia Southern 4         2  Tennessee 5
  3  Georgia Southern 6         2  Tennessee 10    
  4  Old Dominion 0       2  Tennessee 6     5  West Virginia 4  
  2  Tennessee 8     3  Georgia Southern 1  
  6  Charleston Southern 4  

Central I Regional[edit]

Hosted by Texas at Disch–Falk Field in Austin, Texas

 
                                               
  1  Miami (FL) 4  
  6  Sam Houston State 5     6  Sam Houston State 2  
    3  Texas 4    
      3  Texas 7  
      1  Miami (FL) 9     1  Miami (FL) 8  
  1  Miami (FL) 5         5  SW Missouri State 2    
  2  Long Beach State 2        
  2  Long Beach State 3         1  Miami (FL) 8
  5  SW Missouri State 5           4  UCLA 4
      5  SW Missouri State 13        
      4  UCLA 2          
  3  Texas 2           5  SW Missouri State 4*              
  4  UCLA 5         4  UCLA 9*            
  6  Sam Houston State 2    
  4  UCLA 10  

Central II Regional[edit]

Hosted by Texas Tech at Dan Law Field in Lubbock, Texas

 
                                                 
  1  USC 20  
  6  Akron 10     1  USC 15  
    4  Arkansas 5    
  2  Texas Tech 2         1  USC 3            
  5  Fresno State 12           3  Oklahoma State 9              
      5  Fresno State 5           3  Oklahoma State 10
      3  Oklahoma State 12         1  USC 2
  3  Oklahoma State 6         1  USC 13*    
  4  Arkansas 5       5  Fresno State 2     2  Texas Tech 10*  
  6  Akron 2     2  Texas Tech 4  
  2  Texas Tech 7  

East Regional[edit]

Hosted by Florida at Alfred A. McKethan Stadium in Gainesville, Florida

 
                                                 
  1  Florida 7  
  6  Bucknell 0     1  Florida 12  
    3  NC State 9    
  2  Central Florida 7         1  Florida 6*            
  5  Massachusetts 8           4  South Florida 4*              
      5  Massachusetts 8           1  Florida 12
      4  South Florida 14         5  Massachusetts 2
  3  NC State 3         4  South Florida 12    
  4  South Florida 12       5  Massachusetts 7     5  Massachusetts 13  
  6  Bucknell 1     2  Central Florida 5  
  2  Central Florida 13  

Midwest Regional[edit]

Hosted by Wichita State at Eck Stadium in Wichita, Kansas

 
                                                 
  1  Wichita State 4  
  6  Indiana 0     1  Wichita State 9  
    4  Missouri 2    
  2  Cal State Fullerton 19         1  Wichita State 6            
  5  Delaware 8           2  Cal State Fullerton 1              
      2  Cal State Fullerton 7           1  Wichita State 16
      3  Rice 3         3  Rice 6
  3  Rice 17         2  Cal State Fullerton 10    
  4  Missouri 4       3  Rice 11     3  Rice 13  
  6  Indiana 10     6  Indiana 8  
  5  Delaware 8  

South I Regional[edit]

Hosted by Alabama at Sewell–Thomas Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama

 
                                                 
  1  Alabama 19  
  6  Princeton 2     1  Alabama 9  
    3  South Alabama 3    
  2  Virginia 1         1  Alabama 3            
  5  Notre Dame 12           4  Stetson 1              
      5  Notre Dame 6           1  Alabama 18
      4  Stetson 7         2  Virginia 8
  3  South Alabama 8         4  Stetson 4    
  4  Stetson 9       5  Notre Dame 1     2  Virginia 5*  
  6  Princeton 2     2  Virginia 7  
  2  Virginia 12  

South II Regional[edit]

Hosted by Louisiana State at Alex Box Stadium in Baton Rouge, Louisiana

 
                                                 
  1  LSU 8  
  6  Austin Peay 5     1  LSU 7  
    3  UNLV 6    
  2  Georgia Tech 3         1  LSU 17            
  5  New Orleans 13           5  New Orleans 4              
      5  New Orleans 13           1  LSU 29
      4  Tulane 5         2  Georgia Tech 13
  3  UNLV 7         5  New Orleans 7    
  4  Tulane 10       4  Tulane 4     2  Georgia Tech 12  
  6  Austin Peay 3     2  Georgia Tech 7  
  2  Georgia Tech 14  

West Regional[edit]

Hosted by Standord at Sunken Diamond in Stanford, California

 
                                                 
  1  Florida State 16  
  6  Northeastern Illinois 0     1  Florida State 10  
    4  UC Santa Barbara 1    
  2  Stanford 10         1  Florida State 5            
  5  Cal State Northridge 5           2  Stanford 4              
      2  Stanford 8           1  Florida State 9
      3  Mississippi State 6         5  Cal State Northridge 2
  3  Mississippi State 6         2  Stanford 3    
  4  UC Santa Barbara 2       3  Mississippi State 19     5  Cal State Northridge 4  
  6  Northeastern Illinois 1     5  Cal State Northridge 20  
  5  Cal State Northridge 18  

College World Series[edit]

The championship game ended dramatically when LSU's Warren Morris hit a two-out, two-run home run against Miami reliever Robbie Morrison in the bottom of the ninth inning to lift the Bayou Bengals to a 9-8 victory over the Hurricanes. It was Morris' only home run of the 1996 season. Morris, an All-American in 1995, missed much of the 1996 season after suffering a wrist injury early in the campaign.

Oklahoma State's participation in CWS marked the last athletic event for the Big 8 Conference. The Big 8 was absorbed into the new Big 12 on July 1, 1996.

Participants[edit]

Seeding School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach CWS Appearances CWS Best Finish CWS Record
1 Alabama SEC 49 - 17 (20 - 10) Jim Wells 2
(last: 1983)
2nd
(1983)
4 - 4
2 Florida SEC 48 - 16 (20 - 10) Andy Lopez 2
(last: 1991)
3rd
(1991)
3 - 4
3 Wichita State MVC 54 - 9 (24 - 4) Gene Stephenson 6
(last: 1993)
1st
(1989)
16 - 9
4 Clemson ACC 49 - 15 (17 - 7) Jack Leggett 7
(last: 1995)
5th
(1958, 1959, 1976)
4 - 14
5 Miami (FL) n/a 47 - 13 (n/a) Jim Morris 14
(last: 1995)
1st
(1982, 1985)
29 - 25
6 LSU SEC 48 - 15 (20 - 10) Skip Bertman 7
(last: 1994)
1st
(1991, 1993)
15 - 11
7 Florida State ACC 51 - 15 (19 - 5) Mike Martin 14
(last: 1995)
2nd
(1970, 1986)
18 - 28
8 Oklahoma State Big 8 45 - 19 (17 - 9) Gary Ward 17
(last: 1993)
1st
(1959)
38 - 32

Results[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  First Round Second Round Semifinals Finals
                                       
1  Alabama 7  
8  Oklahoma State 5  
  1  Alabama 1  
  5  Miami (FL) 15  
4  Clemson 3
5  Miami (FL) 7  
  5  Miami (FL) 14  
Bracket One
  4  Clemson 5  
8  Oklahoma State 5  
4  Clemson 810  
  1  Alabama 13
  4  Clemson 14  
  5  Miami (FL) 8
  6  LSU 9
2  Florida 5  
7  Florida State 2  
  2  Florida 4
  6  LSU 9  
3  Wichita State 8
6  LSU 9  
  6  LSU 2
Bracket Two
  2  Florida 1  
7  Florida State 8  
3  Wichita State 4  
  2  Florida 6
  7  Florida State 3  

Game results[edit]

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
May 31 Game 1 Alabama 7 - 5 Oklahoma State
Game 2 Miami (FL) 7 - 3 Clemson
June 1 Game 3 Florida 5 - 2 Florida State
Game 4 LSU 9 - 8 Wichita State
June 2 Game 5 Miami (FL) 15 - 1 Alabama
Game 6 Clemson 8 - 5 (10 innings) Oklahoma State Oklahoma State eliminated
June 3 Game 7 LSU 9 - 4 Florida
Game 8 Florida State 8 - 4 Wichita State Wichita State eliminated
June 4 Game 9 Clemson 14 - 13 Alabama Alabama eliminated
Game 10 Florida 6 - 3 Florida State Florida State eliminated
June 5 Game 11 Miami (FL) 14 - 5 Clemson Clemson eliminated
June 6 Game 12 LSU 2 - 1 Florida Florida eliminated
June 8 Final LSU 9 - 8 Miami (FL) LSU wins CWS

All-Tournament Team[edit]

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

Position Player Class School
Pitcher J.D. Arteaga Junior Miami (FL)
Ed Yarnall Junior LSU
Catcher Tim Lanier Senior LSU
First baseman Chris Moller Senior Alabama
Second baseman Rudy Gomez Junior Miami (FL)
Third baseman Pat Burrell Freshman Miami (FL)
Shortstop Alex Cora Junior Miami (FL)
Outfielder Justin Bowles Senior LSU
Michael DeCelle Junior Miami (FL)
Brad Wilkerson Freshman Florida
Designated hitter Chuck Hazzard Sophomore Florida

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA Men's College World Series Records". NCAA. 2009. p. 195. Retrieved November 5, 2014. 

See also[edit]