2008 NCAA Division I baseball season

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2008 NCAA Division I baseball season
Duration February 22–June 25, 2008
Number of teams 298
Preseason #1 Arizona State
Tournament
Duration May 30–June 25, 2008
Most conference bids SEC (9)
College World Series
Duration June 14–June 25, 2008
Champions Fresno State
Runners-up Georgia Bulldogs
MOP Tommy Mendonca
Seasons

← 2007

2009 →

The 2008 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 February 22, 2008. The season was the first to have a uniform start date for both southern and northern teams. The change from previous seasons, in which weather allowed southern teams to begin play weeks before northern teams, was an attempt to improve parity between warm-weather and cold-weather teams.[1][2] The season progressed through the regular season, many conference tournaments and championship series, and concluded with the 2008 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament and 2008 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 25, 2008, with the final game of the best of three championship series. Fresno State defeated Georgia two games to one to claim their first championship. Fresno State was the first team seeded fourth in its regional tournament to win a national championship since the NCAA Tournament adopted the current 64-team format in 1999.[3]

Realignment[edit]

New programs[edit]

Five new programs joined Division I baseball for the 2008 season, four from the NCAA Division II. Florida Gulf Coast, previously a Division II independent; North Carolina Central, previously of the Division II Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association; Presbyterian, previously of the Division II South Atlantic Conference; and South Carolina Upstate, previously of the Division II Peach Belt Conference, all made the transition to Division I.[4][5][6][7] The fifth new program, Houston Baptist, joined Division I from the NAIA.[8]

Conference changes[edit]

Entering the 2008 baseball season, the Mid-Continent Conference was renamed The Summit League.[9] The renamed conference was one of several conferences to make membership changes.

Both the renamed Summit League and the Atlantic Sun Conference added multiple members. The Summit added three schools, IPFW, North Dakota State, and South Dakota State, all previously Division I independents.[10] The Atlantic Sun added two schools, Florida Gulf Coast and South Carolina Upstate, both from Division II.[11]

Both the Big West Conference, which added UC Davis from the Division I independent ranks, and the Horizon League, which added Valparaiso from the Mid-Continent, added a single member.[12][10]

Three schools joined the Division I independent ranks. Le Moyne left the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference to become an independent, and both North Carolina Central and Presbyterian became independents after their transitions from Division II.[13][5][6]

Conference Standings[edit]

America East Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Binghamton 15 8 .652 29 27 .518
Stony Brook 14 10 .583 34 26 .567
UMBC 13 11 .542 21 29 .420
Vermont 12 11 .522 27 24 .529
Hartford 10 13 .435 18 31 .367
Albany 10 14 .417 17 37 .318
Maine 8 15 .394 18 28 .394
Atlantic 10 Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Charlotte 19 8 .704 43 16 .729
Xavier 16 6 .727 24 29 .453
Duquesne 15 9 .625 27 29 .482
Temple 16 11 .593 25 28 .472
Rhode Island 15 11 .574 31 27 .534
St. Bonaventure 15 12 .556 29 23 .558
Fordham 13 13 .500 29 23 .558
Dayton 12 13 .480 27 23 .540
George Washington 11 16 .407 26 29 .473
Massachusetts 11 16 .407 18 27 .400
La Salle 11 16 .407 16 36 .308
Richmond 10 16 .389 20 31 .396
Saint Louis 9 17 .346 21 29 .420
Saint Joseph's 9 18 .333 18 32 .360
Atlantic Coast Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Atlantic
Florida State 24 6 .800 54 14 .794
North Carolina State 18 11 .621 42 22 .656
Wake Forest 13 16 .448 25 31 .446
Clemson 11 18 .383 31 27 .534
Maryland 9 21 .300 30 26 .536
Boston College 9 21 .300 26 27 .491
Coastal
Miami (FL) 23 5 .821 53 11 .828
North Carolina 22 7 .759 54 14 .794
Georgia Tech 16 14 .533 41 21 .629
Virginia 15 15 .500 39 23 .629
Duke 10 18 .362 37 18 .670
Virginia Tech 6 24 .200 23 32 .418
Atlantic Sun Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Florida Gulf Coast 25 8 .758 35 15 .700
Kennesaw State 21 12 .636 30 26 .536
Lipscomb 19 14 .576 33 30 .524
North Florida 18 15 .545 29 26 .527
South Carolina Upstate 17 16 .515 25 29 .463
Mercer 17 16 .515 24 23 .421
Belmont 16 17 .485 24 32 .429
Stetson 15 17 .469 26 33 .441
Gardner–Webb 15 18 .455 27 30 .474
Jacksonville 13 20 .394 27 29 .482
Campbell 12 20 .375 21 37 .362
East Tennessee State 9 24 .273 18 38 .321
Big East Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
St. John's 20 7 .741 42 16 .724
Cincinnati 19 8 .704 38 20 .655
Notre Dame 16 10 .615 32 21 .604
Louisville 16 11 .593 41 21 .661
Seton Hall 15 12 .556 31 25 .554
South Florida 14 13 .519 31 27 .534
West Virginia 13 14 .481 35 21 .625
Villanova 12 15 .444 30 28 .517
Connecticut 11 16 .407 27 28 .491
Rutgers 11 16 .407 23 29 .443
Pittsburgh 7 19 .269 19 34 .358
Georgetown 7 20 .259 17 30 .362
Big South Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Coastal Carolina 17 3 .850 50 14 .781
Liberty 14 7 .667 35 26 .573
VMI 14 7 .667 29 26 .527
Winthrop 10 9 .526 25 33 .431
High Point 9 12 .429 20 33 .377
Radford 6 14 .300 24 32 .429
Charleston Southern 6 15 .286 17 35 .327
UNC Asheville 5 14 .263 23 34 .404
Big Ten Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Michigan 26 5 .839 46 14 .767
Purdue 21 9 .700 32 25 .561
Penn State 17 15 .531 27 31 .466
Illinois 16 15 .516 29 25 .537
Ohio State 15 15 .500 30 26 .536
Indiana 14 17 .452 30 30 .500
Northwestern 14 18 .438 19 28 .404
Michigan State 12 18 .400 24 29 .453
Minnesota 10 21 .323 20 35 .364
Iowa 10 22 .312 21 33 .389
Big West Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Long Beach State 16 8 .667 38 21 .644
Cal State Fullerton 16 8 .667 41 22 .651
UC Irvine 14 10 .583 42 18 .700
UC Santa Barbara 14 10 .583 35 21 .625
UC Riverside 14 10 .583 21 33 .389
UC Davis 13 11 .542 35 24 .593
Cal Poly 8 16 .333 24 32 .429
Cal State Northridge 8 16 .333 24 32 .429
Pacific 5 19 .208 14 41 .255
Big 12 Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Texas A&M 19 8 .704 49 19 .708
Oklahoma State 18 9 .667 42 18 .700
Nebraska 17 9 .648 40 16 .711
Missouri 16 11 .593 37 21 .638
Texas 15 12 .556 39 22 .639
Baylor 11 16 .409 31 26 .544
Kansas State 11 16 .409 29 29 .500
Oklahoma 9 17 .352 35 25 .582
Kansas 9 18 .333 26 27 .491
Texas Tech 9 18 .333 25 30 .455
Colonial Athletic Association
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
UNC Wilmington 25 4 .862 44 17 .721
James Madison 20 9 .690 39 19 .672
George Mason 18 10 .643 30 25 .545
William & Mary 16 13 .552 36 21 .632
Old Dominion 14 14 .500 25 27 .481
Towson 14 16 .467 30 28 .517
Georgia State 12 17 .414 33 23 .589
Northeastern 12 17 .414 25 26 .490
Delaware 11 17 .393 22 31 .415
Virginia Commonwealth 8 17 .320 15 30 .333
Hofstra 7 23 .233 19 36 .345
Conference USA
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Rice 21 3 .875 47 15 .758
Southern Miss 15 9 .625 42 22 .656
Tulane 13 9 .591 39 22 .639
Houston 14 10 .583 42 24 .636
East Carolina 13 11 .542 42 21 .667
Marshall 10 13 .435 30 30 .500
Central Florida 8 16 .333 31 27 .534
Alabama-Birmingham 7 17 .292 26 34 .433
Memphis 5 18 .217 17 38 .309
Horizon League
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Illinois-Chicago 17 6 .739 35 22 .614
Wright State 16 6 .727 30 23 .566
Youngstown State 13 12 .520 23 33 .411
Cleveland State 10 13 .435 22 31 .415
Wisconsin-Milwaukee 11 15 .423 25 36 .410
Valparaiso 8 13 .381 21 35 .375
Butler 7 17 .292 12 34 .261
Ivy League
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Lou Gehrig
Columbia 15 5 .750 22 30 .423
Princeton 11 9 .550 20 22 .476
Penn 6 13 .350 15 23 .395
Cornell 6 14 .300 12 27 .308
Red Rolfe
Dartmouth 15 5 .750 25 17 .595
Yale 9 10 .474 20 24 .455
Brown 9 11 .450 20 24 .455
Harvard 8 12 .400 10 30 .250
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Canisius 19 5 .792 41 13 .759
Manhattan 19 5 .792 31 20 .608
Siena 15 8 .652 30 26 .536
Rider 13 10 .565 29 28 .509
Fairfield 11 13 .458 14 36 .280
Niagara 10 14 .417 22 28 .440
Marist 8 15 .348 19 28 .404
Saint Peter's 7 16 .304 20 30 .400
Iona 4 20 .167 4 44 .083
Mid-American Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
East
Kent State 16 8 .667 36 21 .632
Bowling Green 16 8 .667 32 20 .615
Ohio 14 13 .519 29 30 .492
Akron 8 13 .381 25 24 .510
Miami (OH) 8 19 .296 18 36 .333
Buffalo 7 19 .269 14 38 .269
West
Eastern Michigan 15 8 .652 25 34 .424
Northern Illinois 16 10 .615 28 26 .519
Ball State 12 11 .522 28 25 .528
Western Michigan 12 12 .500 29 23 .558
Central Michigan 13 13 .500 29 27 .518
Toledo 10 13 .435 18 31 .367
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Bethune-Cookman 17 1 .945 36 22 .621
North Carolina A&T 11 6 .647 29 30 .492
Florida A&M 11 7 .611 20 22 .476
Delaware State 11 7 .611 16 33 .327
Norfolk State 7 10 .412 25 24 .510
Maryland-Eastern Shore 4 12 .250 6 50 .107
Coppin State 0 18 .000 4 52 .071
Missouri Valley Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Wichita State 19 5 .792 48 17 .738
Missouri State 18 6 .750 40 17 .702
Creighton 16 8 .667 37 21 .638
Northern Iowa 14 10 .583 30 24 .556
Southern Illinois 12 12 .500 34 23 .596
Bradley 10 14 .417 26 28 .481
Indiana State 9 15 .375 18 32 .360
Illinois State 6 18 .250 22 30 .423
Evansville 4 20 .167 14 42 .250
Mountain West Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Texas Christian 19 5 .792 44 19 .698
New Mexico 16 8 .667 34 25 .576
San Diego State 16 8 .667 31 28 .525
Utah 10 14 .417 26 28 .481
Brigham Young 10 14 .417 22 36 .379
Nevada-Las Vegas 9 15 .375 22 37 .373
Air Force 4 20 .167 18 33 .353
Northeast Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Monmouth 20 5 .800 37 16 .698
Central Connecticut 18 9 .667 25 24 .510
Wagner 17 11 .607 27 28 .491
Mount St. Mary's 13 11 .542 21 34 .382
Fairleigh Dickinson 10 16 .385 15 38 .283
Sacred Heart 10 18 .357 12 41 .226
Quinnipiac 9 19 .321 16 36 .308
Long Island 7 15 .318 16 31 .340
Ohio Valley Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Jacksonville State 23 4 .852 37 21 .638
Samford 19 7 .731 33 23 .589
Austin Peay 14 12 .538 27 29 .466
Eastern Illinois 13 13 .500 27 30 .474
Tennessee Tech 13 14 .481 35 23 .603
Southeast Missouri State 12 13 .480 26 26 .500
Murray State 12 14 .462 21 30 .412
Eastern Kentucky 12 15 .444 26 27 .491
Morehead State 8 19 .296 18 33 .353
Tennessee-Martin 5 20 .200 10 41 .196
Pacific-10 Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Arizona State 16 8 .667 49 13 .790
Stanford 14 10 .583 41 42 .629
UCLA 13 11 .542 33 27 .550
Arizona 12 12 .500 42 19 .689
California 12 12 .500 33 21 .609
Washington 11 13 .458 32 21 .604
Oregon State 11 13 .458 28 24 .538
USC 11 13 .458 28 28 .500
Washington State 8 16 .333 30 26 .536
Patriot League
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Army 13 7 .650 25 25 .500
Navy 11 9 .550 32 25 .561
Holy Cross 11 9 .550 21 28 .429
Bucknell 10 10 .500 30 24 .556
Lafayette 8 12 .400 25 23 .521
Lehigh 7 13 .350 23 27 .460
Southeastern Conference
Team W L Pct W L Pct
East
Georgia 20 9 .683 45 25 .641
Florida 17 13 .567 34 24 .586
Kentucky 16 14 .533 44 19 .698
Vanderbilt 15 14 .517 41 22 .651
South Carolina 15 15 .500 40 23 .635
Tennessee 12 18 .400 27 29 .482
West
LSU 18 11 .617 49 19 .717
Alabama 16 14 .533 34 28 .548
Ole Miss 15 15 .500 39 26 .600
Arkansas 14 15 .483 34 24 .586
Auburn 11 19 .367 28 28 .500
Mississippi State 9 21 .300 23 33 .411
Southern Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Elon 19 8 .704 44 18 .710
College of Charleston 18 9 .667 39 20 .661
Furman 17 10 .630 33 24 .579
Georgia Southern 16 11 .593 33 25 .569
UNC Greensboro 15 12 .556 33 27 .550
Appalachian State 14 13 .519 32 27 .542
Western Carolina 14 13 .519 29 28 .509
The Citadel 12 15 .444 28 28 .500
Wofford 6 21 .222 24 35 .407
Davidson 4 23 .148 12 38 .240
Southland Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
East
Lamar 20 10 .667 35 23 .603
Northwestern State 17 12 .586 28 28 .500
Southeastern Louisiana 15 15 .500 32 27 .542
Central Arkansas 13 16 .448 27 27 .500
McNeese State 7 23 .233 13 42 .236
Nicholls State 5 25 .167 10 44 .185
West
Texas-San Antonio 22 8 .733 39 19 .672
Texas State 19 11 .633 30 27 .526
Sam Houston State 18 12 .600 37 25 .597
Texas-Arlington 16 14 .533 26 31 .456
Texas A&M-Corpus Christi 14 15 .483 24 33 .421
Stephen F. Austin 12 17 .414 25 29 .463
Southwestern Athletic Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
East
Jackson State 18 5 .783 37 22 .627
Alcorn State 15 9 .625 29 16 .644
Mississippi Valley State 13 10 .565 18 26 .409
Alabama State 8 14 .364 13 22 .371
Alabama A&M 4 20 .167 7 39 .152
West
Southern 18 6 .750 28 18 .607
Grambling State 15 9 .625 21 28 .429
Prairie View A&M 14 10 .583 25 26 .490
Texas Southern 7 17 .292 16 34 .320
Arkansas-Pine Bluff 6 18 .250 10 33 .233
Summit League
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Oral Roberts 24 4 .857 48 14 .774
Southern Utah 16 11 .593 31 28 .525
Western Illinois 13 11 .542 21 33 .389
Centenary 13 15 .464 30 26 .536
South Dakota State 9 11 .450 22 27 .449
IPFW 10 17 .370 14 36 .280
Oakland 7 14 .333 15 30 .333
North Dakota State 7 16 .304 15 30 .333
Sun Belt Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Louisiana-Monroe 20 10 .667 34 24 .586
New Orleans 18 11 .621 43 21 .672
Troy 18 12 .600 32 26 .552
Florida Atlantic 15 12 .556 32 27 .542
Western Kentucky 16 14 .533 33 27 .550
Louisiana-Lafayette 16 14 .533 30 29 .508
South Alabama 15 15 .500 32 26 .552
Middle Tennessee 13 16 .448 27 29 .482
Florida International 12 18 .400 20 36 .357
Arkansas-Little Rock 10 18 .357 16 32 .333
Arkansas State 8 21 .276 20 34 .370
Western Athletic Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
Fresno State 21 11 .656 47 31 .603
Nevada 18 14 .563 34 26 .567
Hawaii 18 14 .563 29 31 .483
San Jose State 17 14 .548 31 25 .554
New Mexico State 15 17 .469 28 33 .459
Sacramento State 14 17 .452 24 34 .414
Louisiana Tech 7 23 .233 23 31 .426
West Coast Conference
Conf Overall
Team W L Pct W L Pct
San Diego 16 5 .762 44 17 .721
Pepperdine 14 6 .700 38 21 .644
Santa Clara 13 8 .619 33 22 .600
San Francisco 12 9 .571 31 26 .544
Gonzaga 10 10 .500 30 23 .566
Saint Mary's 8 13 .381 26 26 .500
Loyola Marymount 7 14 .333 23 32 .434
Portland 3 18 .143 21 33 .389
Division I Independents
Team W L Pct
Dallas Baptist 34 19 .642
Le Moyne 32 21 .604
Houston Baptist 23 24 .489
Longwood 23 36 .470
Savannah State 17 23 .425
New York Tech 19 31 .385
Texas-Pan American 19 34 .358
Northern Colorado 16 33 .327
Utah Valley 14 32 .309
Presbyterian 13 40 .245
Hawaii–Hilo 5 22 .185
Chicago State 6 41 .128
New Jersey Tech 5 47 .096
North Carolina Central 0 22 .000
Team won the conference tournament and the automatic bid to the NCAA Tournament
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]

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