1979 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

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1979 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament
Season 1979
Teams 34
Finals Site
Champions Cal State Fullerton (1st title)
Runner-Up Arkansas (1st CWS Appearance)
Winning coach Augie Garrido (1st title)
MOP Tony Hudson Cal State Fullerton

The 1979 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1979 NCAA Division I baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its thirty third year. Eight regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event. Seven regions held a four team, double-elimination tournament while one region included six teams, resulting in 34 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament.[1] The thirty-third tournament's champion was Cal State Fullerton, coached by Augie Garrido. The Most Outstanding Player was Tony Hudson of Cal State Fullerton.

Regionals[edit]

Seven of the eight regionals were played as 4-team double-elimination tournaments. One regional was played as a 6-team double-elimination tournament. The winner of each regional moved on to the College World Series.

Northeast Regional[edit]

Games played at Annapolis, Maryland.

  First Round Semi-Finals Finals
                             
Connecticut 5  
Navy 4  
  St. John's 6  
  Connecticut 3  
St. John's 5
Nebraska 0  
  St. John's 4 0
  Connecticut 14 4
Navy 4  
Nebraska 13  
  Connecticut 15
  Nebraska 0  

Atlantic Regional[edit]

Games played at Coral Gables, Florida.

  First Round Semi-Finals Finals
                             
Clemson 8  
Georgia Southern 4  
  Clemson 1  
  Miami (FL) 2  
Miami (FL) 3*
The Citadel 1*  
  Miami (FL) 4
  Clemson 1
Georgia Southern 5  
The Citadel 3  
  Clemson 2
  Georgia Southern 0  

Mideast Regional[edit]

Games played at East Lansing, Michigan.

  First Round Semi-Finals Finals
                             
San Diego State 11  
Miami (OH) 6  
  San Diego State 9  
  Pepperdine 15  
Pepperdine 15
Michigan State 0  
  Pepperdine 13
  San Diego State 2
Miami (OH) 4  
Michigan State 6  
  San Diego State 5
  Michigan State 4  

East Regional[edit]

Games played at Tallahassee, Florida

  First Round Second Round Third Round Semi-Finals Finals
                                                 
  Delaware 10  
  Seton Hall 1     Delaware 7  
    Florida State 6    
  Arkansas 12         Delaware 6            
  George Washington 11           Arkansas 8              
      Arkansas 9           Arkansas 4
      Florida 1         Delaware 3
  Florida 9         Delaware 5    
  Florida State 5       Florida 12     Florida 5  
  Seton Hall 2     George Washington 7  
  George Washington 5  

Midwest Regional[edit]

Games played at Tucson, Arizona.

  First Round Semi-Finals Finals
                             
Hawaii 4  
Indiana State 3  
  Hawaii 2  
  Arizona 10  
Arizona 8
Oklahoma 1  
  Arizona 5
  Hawaii 3
Indiana State 2  
Oklahoma 9  
  Hawaii 12
  Oklahoma 8  

Central Regional[edit]

Games played at Austin, Texas.

  First Round Semi-Finals Finals
                             
Texas 4  
Texas–Pan American 2  
  Texas 6  
  Lamar 4  
Lamar 3
BYU 2  
  Texas 6
  BYU 2
Texas–Pan American 5  
BYU 11  
  Lamar 4
  BYU 7  

South Regional[edit]

Games played at Starkville, Mississippi.

  First Round Semi-Finals Finals
                             
Murray State 5  
Tulane 3  
  Murray State 16  
  New Orleans 15  
New Orleans 13
Mississippi State 11  
  Murray State 6 8
  Mississippi State 8 18
Tulane 4  
Mississippi State 12  
  New Orleans 10
  Mississippi State 13  

West Regional[edit]

Games played at Fresno, California.

  First Round Semi-Finals Finals
                             
UCLA 5  
Cal State Fullerton 4  
  UCLA 5  
  Fresno State 4  
Fresno State 10*
Portland 8*  
  UCLA 2 5
  Cal State Fullerton 9 9
Cal State Fullerton 20  
Portland 3  
  Fresno State 3
  Cal State Fullerton 12  

College World Series[edit]

Connecticut, Miami (FL), Pepperdine, Arkansas, Arizona, Texas, Mississippi St., and Cal St. Fullerton won their regionals and moved on to the College World Series.

Participants[edit]

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach CWS Appearances CWS Best Finish CWS Record
Arizona Pac-10 42–23 (17–13) Jerry Kindall 10
(last: 1976)
1st
(1976)
21–19
Arkansas SWC 46–13 (19–5) Norm DeBriyn 0
(last: none)
none 0–0
Cal State Fullerton SCBA 55–13 (23–4) Augie Garrido 1
(last: 1975)
7th
(1975)
0–2
Connecticut Eastern Collegiate 31–11 (n/a) Larry Panciera 4
(last: 1972)
5th
(1957, 1972)
3–8
Miami (FL) n/a 55–9 (n/a) Ron Fraser 2
(last: 1978)
2nd
(1974)
5–4
Mississippi State SEC 47–10 (17–2) Ron Polk 1
(last: 1971)
7th
(1971)
0–2
Pepperdine SCBA 50–16 (19–9) Dave Gorrie 0
(last: none)
none 0–0
Texas SWC 53–6 (22–2) Cliff Gustafson 17
(last: 1975)
1st
(1949, 1950, 1975)
36–30

Results[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  First Round     Second Round     Third Round
                           
  Winner's Bracket
  Arkansas 5  
  Pepperdine 4    
      Arkansas 10  
      Arizona 3    
  Arizona 5          
  Miami (FL) 1        
      Arkansas 9
      Texas 4
  Texas 11        
  Connecticut 5          
      Texas 8    
      Mississippi State 2  
  Mississippi State 6    
  Cal State Fullerton 1  
  Loser's Bracket
  Pepperdine 9  
  Miami (FL) 3     Mississippi State 4
    Pepperdine 510
  Connecticut 3  
  Cal State Fullerton 8     Arizona 3
    Cal State Fullerton 16
  Semifinals     Finals     if needed
                           
  Re-ordered Semi-finals
  Arkansas 10       Cal State Fullerton 2
  Cal State Fullerton 13           Arkansas 1
      Cal State Fullerton 8    
      Pepperdine 5  
  Texas 4    
  Pepperdine 6  

Game results[edit]

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
June 1 Game 1 Arkansas 5–4 Pepperdine
Game 2 Arizona 5–1 Miami (FL)
June 2 Game 3 Texas 11–5 Connecticut
Game 4 Mississippi State 6–1 Cal State Fullerton
Game 5 Pepperdine 9–3 Miami (FL) Miami eliminated
June 3 Game 6 Cal State Fullerton 8–3 Connecticut Connecticut eliminated
Game 7 Arkansas 10–3 Arizona
Game 8 Texas 8–2 Mississippi State
June 4 Game 9 Cal State Fullerton 16–3 Arizona Arizona eliminated
Game 10 Pepperdine 5–4 (10 innings) Mississippi State Mississippi State eliminated
June 5 Game 11 Arkansas 9–4 Texas
June 6 Game 12 Pepperdine 6–4 Texas Texas eliminated
Game 13 Cal State Fullerton 13–10 Arkansas
June 7 Game 14 Cal State Fullerton 8–5 Pepperdine Pepperdine eliminated
June 8 Final Cal State Fullerton 2–1 Arkansas Cal State Fullerton wins CWS

All-Tournament Team[edit]

The following players were members of the All-Tournament Team.

Position Player Class School
Pitcher Tony Hudson Sophomore Cal State Fullerton
Steve Krueger Junior Arkansas
Catcher Kurt Kingsolver Junior Cal State Fullerton
First baseman Tim Wallach Senior Cal State Fullerton
Second baseman Mike Gates Senior Pepperdine
Third baseman Dan Hanggie Sophomore Cal State Fullerton
Shortstop Larry Wallace Senior Arkansas
Outfielder Marc Brumble Senior Arkansas
Kevin McReynolds Freshman Arkansas
Joseph Bruno Senior Texas
Designated hitter Keith Walker Junior Texas

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA Men's College World Series Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2009. p. 195. Retrieved August 24, 2014.