1979 Trans America Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament

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1979 Trans America Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament
Classification Division
Teams 5
Format Double-elimination
Site
Champions Mercer (1st title)
Winning coach Barry Myers (1st title)
  • Baseball Tournament
  • 1980
1979 Trans America Athletic Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Mercer 0 0       38 16   .704
Oklahoma City 0 0       31 23   .574
Centenary 0 0       28 19   .596
Northeast Louisiana 0 0       22 26   .458
Hardin–Simmons 0 0       14 25   .359
‡ – Tournament champion
As of June 30, 1979[1]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball

The 1979 Trans America Athletic Conference (TAAC) Baseball Tournament, the first-ever for the league known since the 2001–02 school year as the Atlantic Sun Conference, was held at Centenary Park on the campus of Centenary College in Shreveport, Louisiana from May 10 through 13. Mercer won the first tournament championship. As a new conference, the TAAC did not have an automatic bid to the 1979 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.

Format[edit]

The new league used a blind draw to determine matchups, and records for any earlier games between conference members are incomplete. The teams played a five team, double elimination tournament.[2][3]

Results[edit]

  First round Second round Third Round Semi-Finals Finals
                                                 
Winner's Bracket
  Oklahoma City 6     Mercer 3  
  Centenary 3     Oklahoma City 0    
      Mercer 8              
      Hardin–Simmons 0              
  Hardin–Simmons 7     Mercer 14          
  Northeast Louisiana 0     Hardin–Simmons 1        
        Mercer 8 6
Loser's Bracket       Oklahoma City 11 3
             
               
                 
                   
            Centenary 9*              
          Northeast Louisiana 10*              
      Oklahoma City 14    
    Northeast Louisiana 5  

* - Indicates game required 10 innings.

All-Tournament Team[edit]

The following players were named to the All-Tournament Team. No MVP was named until 1985.[4]

POS Player School
P Ken McLeod Hardin–Simmons
P Dwight Erhard Oklahoma City
P Dan Fitzsimmons Mercer
1B Jay Branham Northeast Louisiana
1B Scott Halam Mercer
OF Steve Brumfield Centenary
OF Rusty Hamric Hardin–Simmons
OF Frank Millerd Mercer
OF Don Murphy Oklahoma City
OF Jay Ross Mercer
DH Tom Patman Oklahoma City

References[edit]

  1. ^ Altantic Sun Baseball Record Book (PDF). Atlantic Sun Conference. p. 2. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  2. ^ Atlantic Sun Baseball Record Book (PDF). Atlantic Sun Conference. p. 2. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  3. ^ "2013 Media Guide". Mercer Bears. p. 71. Retrieved September 21, 2013. 
  4. ^ Atlantic Sun Baseball Record Book (PDF). Atlantic Sun Conference. p. 21. Retrieved September 21, 2013.