1980 Trans America Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament

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1980 Trans America Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament
Classification Division
Teams 5
Format Double-elimination
Site
Champions Georgia Southern (1st title)
Winning coach Jack Stallings (1st title)
1980 Trans America Athletic Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Georgia Southern y 0 0       38 21   .644
Mercer 0 0       31 18   .633
Centenary 0 0       34 19   .642
Northeast Louisiana 0 0       20 15   .571
Hardin–Simmons 0 0       25 25   .500
Northwestern State 0 0       23 23   .500
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 30, 1980[1]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball

The 1980 Trans America Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament was held at Luther Williams Field on the campus of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia from May 1 through 4. This was the second tournament championship held by the Trans America Athletic Conference, in its second year of existence. Georgia Southern won their first tournament championship. The Eagles earned a bid to the 1980 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament, the first for the league.

Format[edit]

The league again used a blind draw to determine matchups, and conference teams again played few games against each other prior to the tournament. The teams played a six team, double elimination tournament.[2][3]

Results[edit]

  First round Semifinals Semi- Finals
                                       
  Northeast Louisiana 12*  
  Northwestern State 9*     Northeast Louisiana 6  
    Georgia Southern 8    
      Georgia Southern 11  
      Northwestern State 4    
  Northwestern State 8          
  Hardin–Simmons 2        
  Centenary 4         Georgia Southern 5 15
  Georgia Southern 3           Mercer 4 1
      Centenary 3        
      Mercer 12          
  Mercer 8           Mercer 7    
  Hardin–Simmons 3         Northeast Louisiana 0  
  Northeast Louisiana 14    
  Centenary 7  

* - Indicates game required 12 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 Scott Barnhouse Mercer
P Carlos Colon Georgia Southern
P Ken Marks Centenary
C Marty Pevey Georgia Southern
C Frank Scelfo Northeast Louisiana
2B Doug Guelde Northeast Louisiana
SS Bob Laurie Georgia Southern
3B Derrell Baker Georgia Southern
OF David Klick Northeast Louisiana
OF Frank Millerd Mercer
OF Tim Smith Mercer

References[edit]

  1. ^ Altantic Sun Baseball Record Book (PDF). Atlantic Sun Conference. p. 3. 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.