2003 NCAA Division I baseball season, play of college baseball in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) at the Division I level, began on January 16, 2003. The season progressed through the regular season, many conference tournaments and championship series, and concluded with the 2003 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament and 2003 College World Series. The College World Series, which consisted of the eight remaining teams in the NCAA Tournament, was held in its annual location of Omaha, Nebraska at Rosenblatt Stadium. It concluded on June 23, 2003, with the final game of the best-of-three championship series, the first such championship series used at the College World Series. [1 ] Rice defeated Stanford two games to one to claim its first championship.
Realignment [ edit ]
New programs [ edit ]
Three programs joined Division I prior to the 2003 season–
Gardner-Webb, which had been a provisional member; [2 ] [3 ] Savannah State, which had been a Division II independent; [4 ] and [5 ] IPFW, which had been a provisional member. [6 ]
Dropped programs [ edit ]
Howard dropped its baseball program following the 2002 season. [7 ]
Conference changes [ edit ]
Sacramento State, which had been a member of the Big West Conference, became a Division I independent. [8 ]
Conference formats [ edit ]
Bowling Green, which had played in the East Division of the Mid-American Conference, moved to the West Division.
Conference standings [ edit ]
Team won the conference tournament and the automatic bid to the
Conference does not have conference tournament, so team won the autobid for finishing in first
Team received at-large bid to NCAA Tournament
References [ edit ]
^ Kenney, Kirk (23 June 2012). "Gamecocks Shooting for History". SI.com. Archived from the original on 2012-07-16 . Retrieved . 16 July 2012 (Best-of-three final series began in 2003)
^ "Gardner-Webb on the Move". Charlotte Observer. February 5, 2000. p. 2C. Archived from the original on March 24, 2013 . Retrieved . March 24, 2013
^ "Elsewhere... Boiling Springs". Wilmington Star-News. June 17, 2001. p. 3C. Archived from the original on March 24, 2013 . Retrieved . March 24, 2013
^ Winn, Luke (February 15, 2006). "Sad Times at Savannah State (cont.)". SI.com. Sports Illustrated. p. 2. Archived from the original on March 24, 2013 . Retrieved . March 24, 2013
^ "2002 Baseball Conference Standings". NCAA. Archived from the original on March 24, 2013 . Retrieved . March 24, 2013
^ "Big Move in Local Athletics: IPFW Joins Division I in 2002". The News-Sentinel. September 8, 2000. p. 1A. Archived from the original on March 24, 2013 . Retrieved . March 24, 2013
^ "Howard Drops Wrestling and Baseball". Bangor Daily News (Bangor, Maine, USA). May 23, 2002. p. C5. Archived from the original on March 24, 2013 . Retrieved . March 24, 2013
^ "John Smith". HornetSports.com. Sacramento State Sports Information. Archived from the original on March 24, 2013 . Retrieved . March 24, 2013 The WAC is not new to the Hornets, who played in the conference from 1993-96. The team was also an affiliate member of the Big West from 1997-2002.