2014 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 14, 2014. The season progressed through the regular season, many conference tournaments and championship series, and concluded with the 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament and 2014 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 Omaha, ended on June 25, 2014 with the final game of the best-of-three championship series between Vanderbilt and Virginia, won by Vanderbilt.
Realignment [ edit ]
There were many significant conference changes that took effect prior to the season.
The legal successor, composed of
Cincinnati, Connecticut, Louisville, Rutgers, and South Florida, along with Conference USA departures Houston, Memphis, Temple, and UCF, formed the American.
Georgetown, Seton Hall, St. John's, and Villanova joined with Butler and Xavier from the Atlantic 10 and Creighton of the MVC to reform the Big East.
Great West Conference ceased operations after all but two baseball members secured a place in other conferences. Full member NJIT and baseball affiliate NYIT became Division I Independents.
George Mason moved from the CAA to the Atlantic 10.
College of Charleston moved from the Southern Conference to the CAA. Conference USA replaced its departing members with
Florida Atlantic, FIU, Middle Tennessee, and North Texas of the Sun Belt, Louisiana Tech and UTSA of the WAC, Old Dominion from the CAA and Charlotte from the Atlantic 10.
Oakland moved from The Summit League to the Horizon League. The
MAAC added Quinnipiac and Monmouth, both formerly of the NEC.
San Jose State moved from the WAC to the Mountain West.
Dallas Baptist shifted its baseball-only membership in the WAC to the MVC.
New Orleans joined the Southland after previously playing as an Independent. Houston Baptist departed the Great West to join the Southland. The
Sun Belt added former WAC members Texas State and Texas–Arlington, plus Georgia State from the CAA. Former Great West full members
Utah Valley, Chicago State, Texas–Pan American, as well as associate members North Dakota and Northern Colorado, joined the WAC.
Pacific rejoined the West Coast Conference, a league in which it was a charter member. The Tigers departed the Big West Conference, now a nine-team league.
This was also the final season for several teams in their then-current leagues:
Reclassifications from Division II [ edit ]
Eligibility investigations [ edit ]
Philadelphia Phillies selected college juniors Ben Wetzler of Oregon State University in the fifth round and Jason Monda of the University of Washington in the sixth round of the 2013 Major League Baseball Draft. Both entered into negotiations with the Phillies with the help of a financial adviser, which is against National Collegiate Athletic Association rules, but is "something that reportedly happens all the time". Both also chose to return to college for their senior year. The Phillies reported Wetzler and Monda to the NCAA, which cleared Monda and suspended Wetzler for the first 11 games, which is 20%, of the college season. [1 ] [2 ]
Season outlook [ edit ]
For the full rankings, see 2014 NCAA Division I baseball rankings
Conference standings [ edit ]
Conference winners and tournaments [ edit ]
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 2014 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.
Season Winner Conference
Player of the Year Conference
Coach of the Year Conference
Venue (City) Tournament
America East Conference
Stony Brook Kevin Krause, Stony Brook
Matt Senk, Stony Brook [31 ]
2014 America East Conference Baseball Tournament
Edward A. LeLacheur Park • Lowell, MA
American Athletic Conference
Louisville Jeff Gardner, Louisville
Terry Rooney, UCF [32 ]
2014 American Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament
Bright House Field • Clearwater, FL
Atlantic 10 Conference
Saint Louis Collin Forgey,
Saint Joseph's [33 ]
Fritz Hamburg, Saint Joseph's [33 ]
2014 Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Tournament
Billiken Sports Center • St. Louis, MO
Atlantic Coast Conference Atlantic -
Coastal - Miami (FL) D. J. Stewart, Florida State
Brian O'Connor, Virginia [34 ]
2014 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament
NewBridge Bank Park • Greensboro, NC
Atlantic Sun Conference
Florida Gulf Coast
Max Pentecost, Kennesaw State [35 ]
Dave Tollett, Florida Gulf Coast [35 ]
2014 Atlantic Sun Conference Baseball Tournament
Swanson Stadium • Fort Myers, FL
Big 12 Conference
Oklahoma State Zach Fish, Oklahoma State
Josh Holliday, Oklahoma State [36 ]
2014 Big 12 Conference Baseball Tournament
Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark • Oklahoma City, OK
Big East Conference
Creighton Reagan Fowler, Creighton and
D. J. Ruhlman, Seton Hall [37 ]
Ed Servais, Creighton [37 ]
2014 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament
MCU Park • Brooklyn, NY
Big South Conference North -
South - Winthrop Ryan Seiz, Liberty
Jim Toman, Liberty [38 ]
2014 Big South Conference Baseball Tournament
Winthrop Ballpark • Rock Hill, SC
Big Ten Conference
Indiana Sam Travis, Indiana
Tracy Smith, Indiana [39 ]
2014 Big Ten Conference Baseball Tournament
TD Ameritrade Park Omaha • Omaha, NE
Big West Conference
No tournament, regular season champion earns auto bid
Colonial Athletic Association
William & Mary Michael Katz, William & Mary
Brian Murphy, William & Mary
2014 Colonial Athletic Association Baseball Tournament
Brooks Field • Wilmington, NC
College of Charleston
Rice Aramis Garcia,
Florida International [40 ] Brian Shoop,
UAB [40 ]
2014 Conference USA Baseball Tournament
Pete Taylor Park • Hattiesburg, MS
2014 Horizon League Baseball Tournament
Kapco Park • Milwaukee, WI
Ivy League Gehrig -
Rolfe - Yale/ Dartmouth Alec Keller,
Princeton [41 ]
2014 Ivy League Baseball Championship Series
Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference
2014 Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament
FirstEnergy Park • Lakewood, NJ
Mid-American Conference East -
West - Ball State
2014 Mid-American Conference Baseball Tournament
All Pro Freight Stadium • Avon, OH
Mid-Eastern Athletic Conference Northern -
Southern - Bethune-Cookman/ Florida A&M
2014 Mid–Eastern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament
Marty L. Miller Field • Norfolk, VA
Missouri Valley Conference
2014 Missouri Valley Conference Baseball Tournament
Bob Warn Field at Sycamore Stadium • Terre Haute, IN
Mountain West Conference
UNLV/ New Mexico
2014 Mountain West Conference Baseball Tournament
Earl E. Wilson Stadium • Paradise, NV
San Diego State
2014 Northeast Conference Baseball Tournament
Dodd Stadium • Norwich, CT
Ohio Valley Conference
Southeast Missouri State
2014 Ohio Valley Conference Baseball Tournament
The Ballpark at Jackson • Jackson, TN
No tournament, regular season champion earns auto bid
Bucknell/ Army Kash Manzelli,
Navy [42 ]
Scott Heather, Bucknell [42 ]
2014 Patriot League Baseball Tournament
Southeastern Conference East –
West – Mississippi
A. J. Reed, Kentucky [43 ]
Kevin O'Sullivan, Florida [43 ]
2014 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament
Hoover Metropolitan Stadium • Hoover, AL
2014 Southern Conference Baseball Tournament
Joseph P. Riley, Jr. Park • Charleston, SC
Sam Houston State
2014 Southland Conference Baseball Tournament
Bear Stadium • Conway, AR
Southwestern Athletic Conference East -
West - Arkansas–Pine Bluff
2014 Southwestern Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament
Wesley Barrow Stadium • New Orleans, LA
The Summit League
2014 The Summit League Baseball Tournament
Erv Huether Field • Brookings, SD
North Dakota State
Sun Belt Conference
2014 Sun Belt Conference Baseball Tournament
Eddie Stanky Field • Mobile, AL
West Coast Conference
2014 West Coast Conference Baseball Tournament
Banner Island Ballpark • Stockton, CA
Western Athletic Conference
2014 Western Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament
Cubs Park • Mesa, AZ
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 ]
Coaching changes [ edit ]
This table lists programs that changed head coaches at any point from the first day of the 2014 season until the day before the first day of the 2015 season.
Esmay, Tim Tim Esmay
Smith, Tracy Tracy Smith Esmay resigned on June 9, 2014.
[51 ] [52 ]
Drabinski, Marek Marek Drabinski
Grant Achilles Drabinski resigned on April 11, 2014. The Bears were 6–15, 0–8 in the
Ivy League and coming off a loss to Connecticut. [53 ]
Goff, Greg Greg Goff
Haire, Justin Justin Haire Goff resigned to take the coaching position at Louisiana Tech.
Kingston, Mark Mark Kingston
Durkac, Bo Bo Durkac Kingston resigned on June 4 to take the coaching position at South Florida
[55 ] [56 ]
Smith, Tracy Tracy Smith
Chris Lemonis Smith resigned on June 9 to take the coaching position at Arizona State.
Simoneaux, Wade Wade Simoneaux
Goff, Greg Greg Goff Simoneaux was fired on May 19 at the end of a 15-35 season, finishing last in C-USA.
New Mexico State
Ward, Rocky Rocky Ward
Green, Brian Brian Green Ward was fired on May 27 at the end of a 23 - 31 season, finishing 7th in the WAC.
Hill, Fred Fred Hill
Litterio, Joe Joe Litterio Hill announced on February 20, 2014 that he would retire.
Sam Houston State
Pierce, David David Pierce
Deggs, Matt Matt Deggs Pierce resigned to take the coaching position at Tulane.
San Diego State
Gwynn, Tony Tony Gwynn
Martinez, Mark Mark Martinez Gwynn died of cancer on June 16. The
San Diego Padres Hall of Famer and San Diego State alumnus had gone on medical leave in March 2014 for treatment. [61 ]
Prado, Lelo Lelo Prado
Kingston, Mark Mark Kingston Prado accepted a non-coaching position in the South Florida Athletic Department on May 19, 2014.
Jones, Rick Rick Jones
David Pierce Jones retired on May 24 after 21 years of coaching the Green Wave.
See also [ edit ]
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