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

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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 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.[18]

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[19] Matt Senk, Stony Brook[19] 2012 America East Conference Baseball Tournament Joe Nathan FieldStony Brook, NY Stony Brook
Atlantic 10 Conference Dayton/Saint Louis Jeff Roy, Rhode Island[20] Darin Hendrickson, Saint Louis[20] 2012 Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Tournament Houlihan ParkBronx, NY Dayton
Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic – Florida State
Coastal – North Carolina
James Ramsey, Florida State[21] Mike Martin, Florida State[21] 2012 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament NewBridge Bank ParkGreensboro, NC Georgia Tech
Atlantic Sun Conference Belmont Gaither Bumgardner, South Carolina Upstate[22] Matt Fincher, South Carolina Upstate[22] 2012 Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball Tournament Melching Field at Conrad ParkDeLand, FL Belmont
Big 12 Conference Baylor Josh Ludy, Baylor[23] Steve Smith, Baylor[23] 2012 Big 12 Baseball Tournament RedHawks BallparkOklahoma City, OK Missouri
Big East Conference Louisville Patrick Kivelehan, Rutgers[24] Ed Blankmeyer, St. John's[24] 2012 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament Bright House FieldClearwater, FL St. John's
Big South Conference Coastal Carolina Daniel Bowman, Coastal Carolina[25] Gary Gilmore, Coastal Carolina[25] 2012 Big South Conference Baseball Tournament Williard Baseball StadiumHigh Point, NC Coastal Carolina
Big Ten Conference Purdue Kevin Plawecki, Purdue[26] Doug Schreiber, Purdue[26] 2012 Big Ten Conference Baseball Tournament Huntington ParkColumbus, OH Purdue
Big West Conference Cal State Fullerton Mitch Haniger, Cal Poly[27] Rick Vanderhook, Cal State Fullerton[27] No tournament, regular season champion earns auto bid
Colonial Athletic Association UNC Wilmington Donny Poma, Hofstra[28] Mark Scalf, UNC Wilmington[28] 2012 Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Tournament Eagle Field at Veterans Memorial ParkHarrisonburg, VA UNC Wilmington
Conference USA Rice Jacob Wilson, Rice[29] Wayne Graham, Rice[29] 2012 Conference USA Baseball Tournament Trustmark ParkPearl, MS UAB
Great West Conference Utah Valley Goose Kallunki, Utah Valley[30] Eric Madsen, Utah Valley[30] 2012 Great West Conference Baseball Tournament Harold Kraft Memorial FieldGrand Forks, ND Utah Valley
Horizon League Valparaiso Tristan Moore, Wright State[31] Tracy Woodson, Valparaiso[31] 2012 Horizon League Baseball Tournament Les Miller FieldChicago, IL Valparaiso
Ivy League Gehrig - Cornell
Rolfe - Dartmouth
Dario Pizzano, Columbia[32] N/A 2012 Ivy League Baseball Championship Series Hoy FieldIthaca, NY Cornell
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Manhattan Chris Burke, Iona[33] Bill Currier, Fairfield[34] 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[35] Scott Stricklin, Kent State[36] 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[37] JP Blandin, Delaware State[38] 2012 Mid–Eastern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament Marty L. Miller FieldNorfolk, VA Bethune-Cookman
Missouri Valley Conference Indiana State Jeremy Lucas, Indiana State[39] Rick Heller, Indiana State[39] 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[40]
Ray Birmingham, New Mexico[39] 2012 Mountain West Conference Baseball Tournament Earl Wilson StadiumParadise, NV New Mexico
Northeast Conference Bryant Ryan Kresky, Fairleigh Dickinson[41] Steve Owens, Bryant[42] 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[43] Jason Stein, Eastern Kentucky[44] 2012 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Tournament Pringles ParkJackson, TN Austin Peay
Pacific-12 Conference UCLA/Arizona Alex Mejia, Arizona[45] Andy Lopez, Arizona[45] No tournament, regular season champion earns auto bid
Patriot League Army Kevin McKague, Army[46] Joe Sottolano, Army[47] 2012 Patriot League Baseball Tournament Campus Sites Army
Southeastern Conference West – LSU
East – South Carolina
Raph Rhymes, LSU[48] Gary Henderson, Kentucky[48] 2012 SEC Baseball Tournament Regions ParkHoover, AL Mississippi State
Southern Conference Appalachian State/College of Charleston Marty Gantt, College of Charleston[49] Chris Pollard, Appalachian State[49] 2012 Southern Conference Baseball Tournament Fluor Field at the West EndGreenville, SC Samford
Southland Conference Sam Houston State Brock Hebert, Southeastern Louisiana[50] David Pierce, Sam Houston State[51] 2012 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament Bobcat BallparkSan Marcos, TX Texas–Arlington
Southwestern Athletic Conference East - Jackson State
West - Southern
Kendall Logan, Jackson State[52] Waskyla Cullivan, Jackson State[53] 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[54] 2012 The Summit League Baseball Tournament J. L. Johnson StadiumOklahoma City, OK Oral Roberts
Sun Belt Conference Florida Atlantic Jeremy Sy, Louisiana–Monroe[55] Tommy Raffo, Arkansas State[56] 2012 Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament Bowling Green BallparkBowling Green, KY Louisiana–Monroe
West Coast Conference Pepperdine Joe Sever, Pepperdine[57] Steve Rodriguez, Pepperdine[57] No tournament, regular season champion earns auto bid
Western Athletic Conference New Mexico State Andrew Ayers, Sacramento State[58] Reggie Christiansen, Sacramento State[58] 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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