1981 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

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1981 NCAA Division I
Baseball Tournament
Season 1981
Teams 34
College World
Series Site
Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium
Omaha, NE
Champions Arizona State (5th title)
Runner-Up Oklahoma State (9th CWS Appearance)
Winning coach Jim Brock (2nd title)
MOP Stan Holmes (Arizona State)
NCAA Baseball Tournaments
«1980  1982»

The 1981 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1981 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 fifth 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-fifth tournament's champion was Arizona State coached by Jim Brock. The Most Outstanding Player was Stan Holmes of Arizona State.

Regionals[edit]

The opening rounds of the tournament were played across eight regional sites across the country, seven consisting of four teams and one of six teams.[1] The winners of each Regional advanced to the College World Series.

Bold indicates winner.

Atlantic Regional at Clemson, SC[edit]

 
                             
 Mississippi State 7  
 East Tennessee State 6  
   Mississippi State 5  
   Wichita State 1  
 Wichita State 7
 Clemson 2  
   Mississippi State 6
   East Tennessee State 5
 Clemson 1  
 East Tennessee State 2  
   Wichita State 4*
   East Tennessee State 5*  

Central Regional at Austin, TX[edit]

 
                             
 Lamar 6  
 Stanford 5  
   Lamar 2  
   Texas 3  
 Texas 11
 BYU 4  
   Texas 8 10
   Stanford 9 2
 BYU 1  
 Stanford 2  
   Lamar 1
   Stanford 9  

East Regional at Columbia, SC[edit]

 
                             
 Memphis 16  
 James Madison 3  
   Memphis 5  
   South Carolina 8  
 South Carolina 15
 Temple 6  
   South Carolina 11
   Memphis 5
 Temple 2  
 James Madison 10  
   Memphis 8
   James Madison 3  

Mideast Regional at Ann Arbor, MI[edit]

 
                             
 New Orleans 2  
 Michigan 1  
   New Orleans 11  
   Eastern Michigan 18  
 Eastern Michigan 15
 UNLV 3  
   Eastern Michigan 0 0
   Michigan 10 4
 UNLV 2  
 Michigan 6  
   New Orleans 1
   Michigan 7  

Midwest Regional at Tulsa, OK[edit]

 
                             
 Southern Illinois 4  
 San Diego State 3  
   Southern Illinois 4  
   Oklahoma State 9  
 Oklahoma State 4
 Oral Roberts 3  
   Oklahoma State 8
   Oral Roberts 5
 San Diego State 1  
 Oral Roberts 3  
   Southern Illinois 2
   Oral Roberts 7  

Northeast Regional at New Haven, CT[edit]

 
                             
 Maine 10  
 Central Michigan 2  
   Maine 10  
   St. John's 5  
 St. John's 1*
 Yale 0*  
   Maine 5 15
   St. John's 10 0
 Yale 2  
 Central Michigan 7  
   St. John's 23
   Central Michigan 13  

South Regional at Coral Gables, FL[edit]

 
                                                 
   Florida State 5  
   Florida 1      Florida State 9  
     Minnesota    
   Middle Tennessee          Florida State 6            
   Missouri 2            Miami (FL) 14              
       Middle Tennessee 0            Miami (FL) 8
       Miami (FL) 2          Florida 6
   Miami (FL) 12          Florida State 4    
   Minnesota 0        Middle Tennessee 4*      Florida 5  
   Missouri 3      Florida 7  
   Florida 7  

West Regional at Tempe, AZ[edit]

 
                             
 Cal State Fullerton 9  
 Fresno State 8  
   Cal State Fullerton 9  
   Arizona State 18  
 Arizona State 9
 Gonzaga 6  
   Arizona State 12
   Cal State Fullerton 7
 Gonzaga 8  
 Fresno State 10  
   Cal State Fullerton 10
   Fresno State 9  

College World Series[edit]

Participants[edit]

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach CWS Appearances CWS Best Finish CWS Record
Arizona State Pac-10 50 - 12 (26 - 4) Jim Brock 10
(last: 1978)
1st
(1965, 1967, 1969, 1977)
37 - 16
Maine Eastern Collegiate 32 - 12 (n/a) John Winkin 2
(last: 1976)
3rd
(1964)
5 - 4
Miami (FL) n/a 60 - 8 (n/a) Ron Fraser 4
(last: 1980)
2nd
(1974)
7 - 8
Michigan Big 10 41 - 18 (10 - 4) Bud Middaugh 4
(last: 1980)
1st
(1953)
10 - 5
Mississippi State SEC 45 - 15 (17 - 6) Ron Polk 2
(last: 1979)
6th
(1979)
1 - 4
Oklahoma State Big 8 49 - 15 (12 - 6) Gary Ward 8
(last: 1968)
1st
(1959)
19 - 15
South Carolina n/a 44 - 13 (n/a) June Raines 2
(last: 1977)
2nd
(1975, 1977)
7 - 4
Texas SWC 58 - 9 - 1 (16 - 5) Cliff Gustafson 18
(last: 1979)
1st
(1949, 1950, 1975)
38 - 32

Results[edit]

Bracket[edit]

  First Round     Second Round     Third Round
                           
  Winner's Bracket
   Mississippi State 4  
   Michigan 1    
       Mississippi State 3  
       Arizona State 4    
   Arizona State 11          
   Texas 2        
       Arizona State 10
       Oklahoma State 1113
   Oklahoma State 810        
   South Carolina 5          
       Oklahoma State 12    
       Miami (FL) 6  
   Miami (FL) 6    
   Maine 1  
  Loser's Bracket
   Michigan 5  
   Texas 6      Miami (FL) 4
     Texas 5
   South Carolina 12  
   Maine 7      Mississippi State 5
     South Carolina 6
  Semifinals     Finals     if needed
                           
  Re-ordered Semi-finals
   Oklahoma State 8        Oklahoma State 4
   Texas 1513            Arizona State 7
       Texas 3    
       Arizona State 12  
   Arizona State 10    
   South Carolina 7  

Game results[edit]

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
May 30 Game 1 Mississippi State 4 - 0 Michigan
Game 2 Arizona State 11 - 2 Texas
May 31 Game 3 Oklahoma State 8 - 5 (10 innings) South Carolina
Game 4 Miami (FL) 6 - 1 Maine
June 1 Game 5 Arizona State 4 - 3 Mississippi State
June 2 Game 6 Oklahoma State 12 - 6 Miami (FL)
Game 7 Texas 6 - 5 Michigan Michigan eliminated
June 3 Game 8 South Carolina 12 - 7 Maine Maine eliminated
June 4 Game 9 Oklahoma State 11 - 10 (13 innings) Arizona State
Game 10 Texas 5 - 4 Miami (FL) Miami (FL) eliminated
June 5 Game 11 South Carolina 6 - 5 Mississippi State Mississippi State eliminated
June 6 Game 12 Texas 15 - 8 (13 innings) Oklahoma State
Game 13 Arizona State 10 - 7 South Carolina South Carolina eliminated
June 7 Game 14 Arizona State 12 - 3 Texas Texas eliminated
June 8 Final Arizona State 7 - 4 Oklahoma State Arizona State wins CWS

All-Tournament Team[edit]

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

Position Player Class School
Pitcher Kevin Dukes Senior Arizona State
Don Mundie Senior Mississippi State
Catcher Burk Goldthorn Senior Texas
First baseman Alvin Davis Junior Arizona State
Second baseman Ray Etchebarren Oklahoma State
Third baseman Mike Sodders Senior Arizona State
Shortstop Rod Carraway Senior South Carolina
Outfielder Mark Gillaspie Senior Mississippi State
Stan Holmes Senior Arizona State
Mickey Tettleton Junior Oklahoma State
Designated hitter Lemmie Miller Junior Arizona State

Notable players[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "NCAA Men's College World Series Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2009. p. 195. Retrieved August 27, 2014. 

See also[edit]