2012 NCAA Division I baseball season

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2012 NCAA Division I baseball season
Duration February 17, 2012–June 25, 2012
Number of teams 297[1]
Preseason #1 Florida Gators
Tournament
Duration June 1–25, 2012
College World Series
Champions Arizona
Runners-up South Carolina
MOP Robert Refsnyder (Arizona)
Seasons

← 2011

2013 →

The 2012 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 17, 2012. The season progressed through the regular season, many conference tournaments and championship series, and concluded with the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament and 2012 College World Series. The College World Series, consisting of the eight remaining teams in the NCAA Tournament and held annually in Omaha, Nebraska at TD Ameritrade Park concluded on June 25, 2012 with the final game of the best of three championship series. Arizona defeated two-time defending champion South Carolina two games to none to claim their fourth championship.

Realignment[edit]

New programs[edit]

Nebraska-Omaha joined Division I from the Division II MIAA.[2]

Dropped programs[edit]

Cleveland State dropped its varsity baseball program following the 2011 season.[3] Two programs which had competed as Division I Independents, Le Moyne and New Orleans, dropped to Division II.[4][5] Centenary, which had been a member of The Summit League, dropped to Division III.[6]

Conference changes[edit]

Several conferences added single programs prior to the 2012 season. The Pacific-12 Conference added Utah, previously a Mountain West Conference member, and the West Coast Conference added BYU, also a previous Mountain West member.[7][8] Nebraska moved from the Big 12 Conference to the Big Ten Conference.[9] Campbell moved from the Atlantic Sun Conference to the Big South Conference.[10]

Three Independents joined conferences prior to the season. Savannah State and North Carolina Central both joined the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference, while SIU Edwardsville joined the Ohio Valley Conference.[11][12][13]

Conference formats[edit]

With the addition of Savannah State and North Carolina Central, the Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference split into two divisions, the North and the South.

Season outlook[edit]

Coaches' Poll [14]
Ranking Team
1 Florida
2 South Carolina
3 Stanford
4 North Carolina
5 Texas
6 Texas A&M
7 Rice
8 Arkansas
9 Florida State
10 Georgia Tech
11 TCU
12 Vanderbilt
13 Miami
14 LSU
15 Oklahoma
16 Cal State Fullerton
17 Virginia
18 UCLA
19 Oregon State
20 Arizona
21 St. John's
22 California
23 Clemson
24 Louisville
25 Georgia
Collegiate Baseball News [15]
Ranking Team
1 Florida
2 South Carolina
3 Stanford
4 North Carolina
5 Texas
6 Texas A&M
7 Rice
8 Arkansas
9 Georgia Tech
10 TCU
11 St. John's
12 LSU
13 Florida State
14 Miami (FL)
15 Louisville
16 Oklahoma
17 Arizona State
18 Georgia
19 UCLA
20 Arizona
21 Cal State Fullerton
22 California
23 Vanderbilt
24 Oregon State
25 Clemson
Baseball America [16]
Ranking Team
1 Florida
2 Stanford
3 South Carolina
4 Arkansas
5 Arizona
6 Rice
7 Texas A&M
8 LSU
9 North Carolina
10 Vanderbilt
11 Georgia
12 Georgia Tech
13 Texas
14 UCLA
15 TCU
16 Clemson
17 Arizona State
18 Miami (FL)
19 Oklahoma
20 Florida State
21 UCF
22 Ole Miss
23 Oregon State
24 Louisville
25 Cal State Fullerton
NCBWA [17]
Ranking Team
1 Florida
2 South Carolina
3 North Carolina
4 Stanford
5 Texas A&M
6 Arkansas
7 Texas
8 Rice
9 Georgia Tech
10 Florida State
11 Vanderbilt
12 LSU
13 TCU
14 Oklahoma
15 Arizona State
16 Miami (FL)
17 Clemson
18 Arizona
19 Cal State Fullerton
20 UCLA
21 Georgia
22 Oregon State
23 Virginia
24 UC Irvine
25 Louisville

Conference standings[edit]

2012 America East Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T   PCT     W   L   T   PCT
#8 Stony Brook y 21 3 0   .875     52 15 0   .776
Albany 16 8 0   .667     22 32 1   .409
Binghamton 13 9 0   .591     23 26 0   .469
Maine 11 11 0   .500     28 28 0   .500
Hartford 7 17 0   .292     16 40 0   .286
UMBC 2 22 0   .083     10 42 0   .192
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament
As of June 17, 2012[18]; Rankings from Coaches' Poll
2012 Atlantic Coast Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T   PCT     W   L   T   PCT
Atlantic
#3 Florida State xy 24 6 0   .800     50 17 0   .746
#16 NC State y 19 11 0   .633     39 17 0   .696
Clemson y 16 14 0   .533     34 26 0   .567
Wake Forest 13 17 0   .433     33 24 0   .579
Maryland 10 20 0   .333     32 24 0   .571
Boston College 10 20 0   .333     21 34 0   .382
Coastal
#5 North Carolina xy 22 8 0   .733     44 14 0   .759
#15 Virginia y 18 12 0   .600     39 16 1   .705
#21 Miami y 16 14 0   .533     36 21 0   .632
#24 Georgia Tech y 12 18 0   .400     37 24 0   .607
Virginia Tech 11 19 0   .367     34 21 0   .618
Duke 9 21 0   .300     21 34 0   .382
x – Division champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament
As of June 1, 2012[19]; Rankings from Coaches' Poll
2012 Big 12 Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#4 Baylor y 20 4   .833     47 15   .758
#8 Texas A&M y 16 8   .667     43 18   .705
Texas 14 10   .583     30 22   .577
Oklahoma y 13 10   .565     41 23   .641
Oklahoma State 13 11   .542     32 25   .561
Missouri y 10 14   .417     33 28   .541
Kansas 7 16   .304     24 34   .414
Kansas State 7 17   .292     27 31   .466
Texas Tech 7 17   .292     29 26   .527
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship
As of June 4, 2012[20]; Rankings from Coaches' Poll
2012 Big East Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T   PCT     W   L   T   PCT
#25 Louisville y 18 9 0   .667     42 22 0   .656
St. John's y 18 9 0   .667     40 23 0   .635
Seton Hall 17 10 0   .630     34 24 0   .586
South Florida 17 10 0   .630     38 22 0   .633
Connecticut 16 11 0   .593     31 27 1   .534
Rutgers 16 11 0   .593     31 25 0   .554
Notre Dame 14 13 0   .519     31 27 0   .534
Pittsburgh 10 17 0   .370     28 28 0   .500
Georgetown 10 17 0   .370     24 29 0   .453
Villanova 10 17 0   .370     28 27 0   .509
West Virginia 9 18 0   .333     23 32 0   .418
Cincinnati 7 20 0   .259     18 38 0   .321
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 15, 2012[21]; Rankings from Coaches' Poll
2012 Big Ten Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#15 Purdue y 17 7   .708     45 14   .763
Indiana 16 8   .667     32 28   .533
Penn State 15 9   .625     29 27   .518
Nebraska 14 10   .583     35 23   .603
Michigan State y 13 11   .542     37 23   .617
Ohio State 11 13   .458     33 27   .550
Illinois 11 13   .458     28 25   .528
Minnesota 11 13   .458     29 27   .518
Iowa 10 14   .417     23 27   .460
Michigan 8 16   .333     22 34   .393
Northwestern 6 18   .250     18 36   .333
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 30, 2012[22]; Rankings from Coaches' Poll
2012 Big West Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#19 Cal State Fullerton y 17 7   .708     36 21   .632
Cal Poly 16 8   .667     36 20   .643
Long Beach State 15 9   .625     28 27   .509
UC Irvine 13 11   .542     31 25   .554
UC Davis 12 12   .500     27 30   .474
UC Santa Barbara 10 14   .417     28 28   .500
Cal State Northridge 10 14   .417     23 30   .434
UC Riverside 9 15   .375     22 32   .407
Pacific 6 18   .250     16 40   .286
† – Conference champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship
As of June 3, 2012[23]; Rankings from Coaches' Poll
2012 Conference USA baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T   PCT     W   L   T   PCT
#9 Rice y 17 7 0   .708     40 17 0   .702
#18 UCF y 16 8 0   .667     43 15 0   .741
Tulane 14 10 0   .583     38 20 0   .655
Southern Miss 14 10 0   .583     32 24 0   .571
Memphis 14 10 0   .583     31 28 0   .525
East Carolina y 13 10 1   .563     35 22 1   .612
UAB y 9 15 0   .375     32 28 0   .533
Houston 5 18 1   .229     18 35 1   .343
Marshall 5 19 0   .208     17 37 0   .315
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament
As of May 30 2012[24]; Rankings from Coaches' Poll
2012 Pacific-12 Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#4 UCLA y 20 10   .667     48 16   .750
#11 Arizona y 20 10   .667     48 17   .738
#10 Oregon y 19 11   .633     46 19   .708
#13 Stanford y 18 12   .600     41 18   .695
#17 Oregon State y 18 12   .600     40 20   .667
Arizona State 18 12   .600     36 20   .643
Washington 13 17   .433     30 25   .545
California 12 18   .400     29 25   .537
Washington State 12 18   .400     28 28   .500
USC 8 22   .267     23 32   .418
Utah 7 23   .233     14 42   .250
† – Conference champion
y – Invited to the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament
As of May 28, 2012[25]; Rankings from Coaches' Poll
2012 Southeastern Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Eastern
#2 South Carolina xy 18 11   .621     49 20   .710
#6 Florida y 18 12   .600     47 20   .701
#19 Kentucky y 18 12   .600     45 18   .714
#25 Vanderbilt y 16 14   .533     35 28   .556
Georgia 14 15   .483     31 26   .544
Tennessee 8 22   .267     24 31   .436
Western
#11 LSU xy 19 11   .633     47 18   .723
#3 Arkansas y 16 14   .533     46 22   .676
Mississippi State y 16 14   .533     40 24   .625
Ole Miss y 14 16   .467     37 26   .587
Auburn 13 17   .433     31 28   .525
Alabama 9 21   .300     21 34   .382
x – Division champion
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship
As of June 26, 2012[26]; Rankings from Coaches' Poll
2012 Southern Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Appalachian State y 21 9   .700     38 14   .731
College of Charleston y 21 9   .700     37 18   .673
Elon 20 10   .667     31 24   .564
Samford y 19 11   .633     35 21   .625
Western Carolina 16 14   .533     32 22   .593
Georgia Southern 15 15   .500     30 26   .536
Furman 13 17   .433     26 29   .473
The Citadel 13 17   .433     24 31   .436
UNC Greensboro 10 20   .333     25 27   .481
Davidson 9 21   .300     22 32   .407
Wofford 8 22   .267     17 31   .354
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Division I Baseball Championship
As of May 20, 2012[27]; Rankings from Coaches' Poll
2012 West Coast Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#28 Pepperdine y 16 8   .667     36 23   .610
San Diego y 15 9   .625     40 17   .702
Gonzaga 14 10   .583     34 22   .607
Loyola Marymount 14 10   .583     27 27   .500
San Francisco 14 10   .583     29 30   .492
Portland 12 12   .500     27 24   .529
BYU 10 14   .417     22 27   .449
Saint Mary's 8 16   .333     24 29   .453
Santa Clara 5 19   .208     26 28   .481
† – Conference champion
y – Invited to the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament
As of June 6, 2012[28]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball
2012 Western Athletic Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
New Mexico State y 11 7   .611     35 22   .614
Nevada 11 7   .611     32 25   .561
Sacramento State 11 7   .611     31 26   .544
Hawaii 10 8   .556     30 25   .545
Fresno State y 8 10   .444     28 26   .519
Louisiana Tech 7 11   .389     27 28   .491
San Jose State 5 13   .278     22 29   .431
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of May 26, 2012[29]; Rankings from Coaches' Poll

Conference winners and tournaments[edit]

Thirty athletic conferences each end their regular seasons with a single-elimination tournament or a double-elimination tournament. The teams in each conference that win their regular season title are given the number one seed in each tournament. The winners of these tournaments receive automatic invitations to the 2012 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, with the exception of the Great West Conference, as that league remains in a provisional status.[30]

Conference Regular
Season Winner
Conference
Player of the Year
Conference
Coach of the Year
Conference
Tournament
Tournament
Venue (City)
Tournament
Winner
America East Conference Stony Brook Travis Jankowski, Stony Brook[31] Matt Senk, Stony Brook[31] 2012 America East Conference Baseball Tournament Joe Nathan FieldStony Brook, NY Stony Brook
Atlantic 10 Conference Dayton/Saint Louis Jeff Roy, Rhode Island[32] Darin Hendrickson, Saint Louis[32] 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Tournament Houlihan ParkBronx, NY Dayton
Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic – Florida State
Coastal – North Carolina
James Ramsey, Florida State[33] Mike Martin, Florida State[33] 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament NewBridge Bank ParkGreensboro, NC Georgia Tech
Atlantic Sun Conference Belmont Gaither Bumgardner, South Carolina Upstate[34] Matt Fincher, South Carolina Upstate[34] 2012 Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball Tournament Melching Field at Conrad ParkDeLand, FL Belmont
Big 12 Conference Baylor Josh Ludy, Baylor[35] Steve Smith, Baylor[35] 2012 Big 12 Baseball Tournament RedHawks BallparkOklahoma City, OK Missouri
Big East Conference Louisville Patrick Kivelehan, Rutgers[36] Ed Blankmeyer, St. John's[36] 2012 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament Bright House FieldClearwater, FL St. John's
Big South Conference Coastal Carolina Daniel Bowman, Coastal Carolina[37] Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina[37] 2012 Big South Conference Baseball Tournament Williard Baseball StadiumHigh Point, NC Coastal Carolina
Big Ten Conference Purdue Kevin Plawecki, Purdue[38] Doug Schreiber, Purdue[38] 2012 Big Ten Conference Baseball Tournament Huntington ParkColumbus, OH Purdue
Big West Conference Cal State Fullerton Mitch Haniger, Cal Poly[39] Rick Vanderhook, Cal State Fullerton[39] No tournament, regular season champion earns auto bid
Colonial Athletic Association UNC Wilmington Donny Poma, Hofstra[40] Mark Scalf, UNC Wilmington[40] 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Tournament Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial ParkHarrisonburg, VA UNC Wilmington
Conference USA Rice Jacob Wilson, Rice[41] Wayne Graham, Rice[41] 2012 Conference USA Baseball Tournament Trustmark ParkPearl, MS UAB
Great West Conference Utah Valley Goose Kallunki, Utah Valley[42] Eric Madsen, Utah Valley[42] 2012 Great West Conference Baseball Tournament Harold Kraft Memorial FieldGrand Forks, ND Utah Valley
Horizon League Valparaiso Tristan Moore, Wright State[43] Tracy Woodson, Valparaiso[43] 2012 Horizon League Baseball Tournament Les Miller FieldChicago, IL Valparaiso
Ivy League Gehrig - Cornell
Rolfe - Dartmouth
Dario Pizzano, Columbia[44] N/A 2012 Ivy League Baseball Championship Series Hoy FieldIthaca, NY Cornell
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Manhattan Chris Burke, Iona[45] Bill Currier, Fairfield[46] 2012 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament Joseph L. Bruno StadiumTroy, NY Manhattan
Mid-American Conference East - Kent State
West - Toledo
George Roberts, Kent State[47] Scott Stricklin, Kent State[48] 2012 Mid-American Conference Baseball Tournament All Pro Freight StadiumAvon, OH Kent State
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Northern - Delaware State
Southern - Bethune-Cookman
Ryan Haas, Delaware State[49] JP Blandin, Delaware State[50] 2012 Mid–Eastern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament Marty L. Miller FieldNorfolk, VA Bethune-Cookman
Missouri Valley Conference Indiana State Jeremy Lucas, Indiana State[51] Rick Heller, Indiana State[51] 2012 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Tournament Hammons FieldSpringfield, MO Creighton
Mountain West Conference New Mexico/Texas Christian Mitchell Garver, New Mexico
DJ Peterson, New Mexico[52]
Ray Birmingham, New Mexico[51] 2012 Mountain West Conference Baseball Tournament Earl Wilson StadiumParadise, NV New Mexico
Northeast Conference Bryant Ryan Kresky, Fairleigh Dickinson[53] Steve Owens, Bryant[54] 2012 Northeast Conference Baseball Tournament Senator Thomas J. Dodd Memorial StadiumNorwich, CT Sacred Heart
Ohio Valley Conference Austin Peay/Eastern Kentucky Trenton Moses, Southeast Missouri State[55] Jason Stein, Eastern Kentucky[56] 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Tournament Pringles ParkJackson, TN Austin Peay
Pacific-12 Conference UCLA/Arizona Alex Mejia, Arizona[57] Andy Lopez, Arizona[57] No tournament, regular season champion earns auto bid
Patriot League Army Kevin McKague, Army[58] Joe Sottolano, Army[59] 2012 Patriot League Baseball Tournament Campus Sites Army
Southeastern Conference West – LSU
East – South Carolina
Raph Rhymes, LSU[60] Gary Henderson, Kentucky[60] 2012 SEC Baseball Tournament Regions ParkHoover, AL Mississippi State
Southern Conference Appalachian State/College of Charleston Marty Gantt, College of Charleston[61] Chris Pollard, Appalachian State[61] 2012 Southern Conference Baseball Tournament Fluor Field at the West EndGreenville, SC Samford
Southland Conference Sam Houston State Brock Hebert, Southeastern Louisiana[62] David Pierce, Sam Houston State[63] 2012 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament Bobcat BallparkSan Marcos, TX Texas–Arlington
Southwestern Athletic Conference East - Jackson State
West - Southern
Kendall Logan, Jackson State[64] Waskyla Cullivan, Jackson State[65] 2012 Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament Lee–Hines FieldBaton Rouge, LA Prairie View A&M
The Summit League Oral Roberts Jared Schlehuber, Oral Roberts John Musachio, Oakland[66] 2012 The Summit League Baseball Tournament J. L. Johnson StadiumOklahoma City, OK Oral Roberts
Sun Belt Conference Florida Atlantic Jeremy Sy, Louisiana–Monroe[67] Tommy Raffo, Arkansas State[68] 2012 Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament Bowling Green BallparkBowling Green, KY Louisiana–Monroe
West Coast Conference Pepperdine Joe Sever, Pepperdine[69] Steve Rodriguez, Pepperdine[69] No tournament, regular season champion earns auto bid
Western Athletic Conference New Mexico State Andrew Ayers, Sacramento State[70] Reggie Christiansen, Sacramento State[70] 2012 Western Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament HoHoKam StadiumMesa, AZ Fresno State

Award winners[edit]

Consensus All-American teams[edit]

Major player of the year awards[edit]

Major freshman of the year awards[edit]

Major coach of the year awards[edit]

Other major awards[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

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