1996 College World Series

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The 1996 College World Series was played at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, NE from May 31 to June 8. The fiftieth tournament's champion was Louisiana State University, coached by Skip Bertman. The Most Outstanding Player was Pat Burrell of the University of Miami.

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 15  
4  Clemson 3
5  Miami 7  
  5  Miami 14 x  
Bracket One
  4  Clemson 5 x  
8  Oklahoma State 5  
4  Clemson 8  
  1  Alabama 13
  4  Clemson 14  
  5  Miami 8 x x
  6  LSU 9 x x
2  Florida 5  
7  Florida State 2  
  2  Florida 4
  6  LSU 9  
3  Wichita State 8
6  LSU 9  
  6  LSU 2 x
Bracket Two
  2  Florida 1 x  
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 7 - 3 Clemson
June 1 Game 3 Florida 5 - 2 Florida State
Game 4 Louisiana State 9 - 8 Wichita State
June 2 Game 5 Miami 15 - 1 Alabama
Game 6 Clemson 8 - 5 (10 innings) Oklahoma State Oklahoma State eliminated
June 3 Game 7 Louisiana State 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 14 - 5 Clemson Clemson eliminated
June 6 Game 12 Louisiana State 2 - 1 Florida Florida eliminated
June 8 Final Louisiana State 9 - 8 Miami Louisiana State 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
Ed Yarnall Junior Louisiana State
Catcher Tim Lanier Senior Louisiana State
First baseman Chris Moller Senior Alabama
Second baseman Rudy Gomez Junior Miami
Third baseman Pat Burrell Freshman Miami
Shortstop Alex Cora Junior Miami
Outfielder Justin Bowles Senior Louisiana State
Michael DeCelle Junior Miami
Brad Wilkerson Freshman Florida
Designated hitter Chuck Hazzard Sophomore Florida

Notable players[edit]

Tournament notes[edit]

See also[edit]