1996 LSU Tigers baseball team

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1996 LSU Tigers baseball
National Champions
SEC Champions
Conference Southeastern Conference West
1996 record 52-15 (20-10 SEC)
Head coach Skip Bertman
Home stadium Alex Box Stadium
Seasons
« 1995 1997 »
1996 Southeastern Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Eastern Division
#3 Florida x 20 10   .667     50 18   .735
#12 Tennessee 18 12   .600     43 20   .683
Kentucky 15 14   .517     35 24   .593
Vanderbilt 14 16   .467     29 25   .537
South Carolina 13 17   .433     25 28   .472
Georgia 8 21   .276     24 30   .444
Western Division
#5 Alabama x 20 10   .667     50 19   .725
#1 LSU x 20 10   .667     52 15   .776
#27 Mississippi State 17 13   .567     38 24   .613
Arkansas 15 15   .500     39 20   .661
Auburn 12 18   .400     32 24   .571
Ole Miss 7 23   .233     24 30   .444
x – Division champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the 1996 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament
As of June 30, 1996[1]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball

The 1996 LSU Tigers baseball team won the NCAA national championship in one of the most memorable College World Series games in history.

The Tigers, coached by Skip Bertman, had already established themselves as a premier college baseball program, having won two previous national championships in 1991 and 1993. The 1996 version built on this reputation by compiling a 52-15 record, including going 20-10 in the Southeastern Conference, winning the SEC championship as well.

Regular season[edit]

The Tigers regular season record was 43-13 with notable losses coming against conference rivals Alabama and a 3 game sweep at the hands of Florida.

SEC Tournament[edit]

LSU defeated Tennessee in the first game of the 1996 SEC Baseball Tournament but then lost to Florida (their fourth loss to them in as many games) and Kentucky and were eliminated.

NCAA Tournament Regional[edit]

LSU cruised through the regional round (hosted by LSU at Alex Box Stadium) of the NCAA Tournament defeating Austin Peay 9-3, UNLV 7-6, UNO 17-4 and Georgia Tech 29-13.

College World Series[edit]

The Tigers opened the College World Series by defeating Wichita State 9-8, the same team they beat in the championship games of 1991 and 1993. LSU then moved on to play conference rival Florida (who had beaten the Tigers in all four games played earlier in the season). LSU won 9-4. Florida then came back through the losers bracket to face LSU again. The Tigers won the second game 2-1 to move onto the championship game.

The championship game featured a match-up of two college baseball powers in LSU and Miami (Florida). Both teams had previously won 2 national championships (Miami: 1982 & 1985) and were vying for their third. Miami featured future major leaguers Alex Cora and Pat Burrell, who helped the Hurricanes to establish a 7-3 lead in the game. However, the Tigers would fight back to tie the game. Cora then reclaimed the lead for Miami with an RBI single and the Hurricanes then led 8-7 heading into the 9th inning.

With 2 outs and a runner on third base LSU only needed a base hit or a wild pitch to tie the game. An unlikely hero emerged from the LSU dugout in Warren Morris, who had been hurt most of the year. He stepped to the plate and faced pitcher Robbie Morrison. Morris swung on Morrison's first pitch and lined the ball just inches over the right field fence for a 2 out, game winning walk off home run. This was his first home run of the season.

Aftermath[edit]

Morris' home run would later win the 1997 Showstopper of the Year ESPY Award.[2]

The Tigers won their third national championship and would follow it up with three more in 1997, 2000 and 2009. Miami would recover and go on to win two more national championships as well in 1999 and 2001.

Schedule/Results[edit]

1996 LSU Tigers baseball game log
Post-Season
SEC Tournament
# Date Opponent Site/Stadium Score Win Loss Save Attendance Overall Record SECT Record
57 - Tennessee Regions Park 3-1 - - - - 44-13 1-0
58 - Florida Regions Park 2-6 - - - - 44-14 1-1
59 - Kentucky Regions Park 11-12 - - - - 44-15 1-2
NCAA South II Regional (Baton Rouge, LA)
# Date Opponent Site/Stadium Score Win Loss Save Attendance Overall Record NCAAT Record
60 May 23 Austin Peay Alex Box Stadium 9-3 - - - - 45-15 1-0
61 May 24 UNLV Alex Box Stadium 7-6 - - - - 46-15 2-0
62 May 25 University of New Orleans Alex Box Stadium 17-4 - - - - 47-15 3-0
63 May 26 Georgia Tech Alex Box Stadium 29-13 - - - - 48-15 4-0
College World Series
# Date Opponent Site/Stadium Score Win Loss Save Attendance Overall Record NCAAT Record
64 June 1 Wichita State Rosenblatt Stadium 9-8 - - - - 49-15 1-0
65 June 3 Florida Rosenblatt Stadium 9-4 - - - - 50-15 2-0
66 June 6 Florida Rosenblatt Stadium 2-1 - - - - 51-15 3-0
67 June 8 Miami (Florida) Rosenblatt Stadium 9-8 - - - - 52-15 4-0

Roster[edit]

Coaches[edit]

Name Position
Skip Bertman Head Coach
Mike Bianco Assistant Coach
Dan Canevari Administrative Assistant
Daniel Tomlin Volunteer Assistant Coach

Players[edit]

Name Position
T.J. Arnett RHP
Tom Bernhardt OF
Eric Berthelot LHP
John Blancher INF
Justin Bowles RF
Matt Colvin LHP
Patrick Coogan RHP
Chad Cooley LF
Casey Cuntz INF
Brian Daugherty RHP
Chris Demouy LHP
Nathan Dunn 3B
Jake Esteves RHP
Eddy Furniss 1B
Dan Guillory RHP
Jeff Harris RHP
James Hemphill OF
Conan Horton C
Sonny Knoll RHP
Mike Koerner CF
Tim Lanier C
Brett Laxton RHP
Antonio Leonardi-Cattolica RHP
Trey McClure INF
Jeramie Moore 1B
Warren Morris 2B
Joey Painich RHP
Keith Polozola INF
Kevin Shipp RHP
Jeremy Tyson RHP
Kevin Ward C
Jason Williams SS
Brad Wilson DH
Jeremy Witten OF
Eddie Yarnall LHP

References[edit]

  1. ^ "College Baseball Conference Standings -- 1996". Boydsworld.com. Retrieved January 1, 2013. 
  2. ^ ESPY Past Winners

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