1989 Southern Conference Baseball Tournament

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1989 Southern Conference Baseball Tournament
Classification Division
Teams 7
Format Double-elimination tournament
Site
Champions Western Carolina (5th title)
MVP Paul Menhart (Western Carolina)
1989 Southern Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Western Carolina y 10 5   .667     23 31   .426
Marshall 8 5   .615     16 14   .533
Appalachian State 9 7   .563     29 13   .690
VMI 8 7   .533     16 23   .410
The Citadel 8 9   .471     30 20   .600
Furman 5 10   .333     13 21   .382
East Tennessee State 5 10   .333     10 21   .323
† – Conference champion
‡ – SoCon Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 30, 1989[1]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball

The 1989 Southern Conference Baseball Tournament was held in Asheville, North Carolina from April 27 through April 29. The South Division's top seed Western Carolina won their fifth consecutive tournament and earned the Southern Conference's automatic bid to the 1989 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. Western Carolina claimed its fifth tournament title of the first six in modern SoCon history.

The tournament used a double-elimination format. Heavy rains forced the cancellation of the tournament after five games. A three team playoff was held in Montreat, North Carolina between Appalachian State, Marshall, and Western Carolina to determine the automatic qualifier in the NCAA Tournament.

Seeding[edit]

With Davidson's departure from the conference beginning with the 1989 season, the Southern Conference did away with the divisional structure for a seven-team league. All seven teams were in the tournament for the first time, with seeding based on conference winning percentage. Furman claimed more wins over East Tennessee State in the regular season, and were awarded the sixth seed.[2]

Team W L Pct GB Seed
Western Carolina 10 5 .667
1
Marshall 8 5 .615
1
2
Appalachian State 9 7 .563
1.5
3
VMI 8 7 .533
2
4
The Citadel 8 9 .471
3
5
Furman 5 10 .333
5
6
East Tennessee 5 10 .333
5
7

Bracket[edit]

  First Round     Second Round     Third Round     Semifinals     Finals
                                                 
  Winner's Bracket
    1 Western Carolina  
      4 The Citadel    
  4 VMI 11          
  5 The Citadel 17        
                       
      3 Appalachian State              
  2 Marshall 12              
  7 East Tennessee 4                
      2 Marshall 9          
      3 Appalachian State 13        
  3 Appalachian State 8          
  6 Furman 2              
           
  Loser's Bracket      
  4 VMI 5        
  6 Furman 7     7 East Tennessee        
    6 Furman          
                   
                         
                 
  2 Marshall  

Three team playoff at Montreat, NC

  Semifinal     Final
                 
    1 Western Carolina 4
  1 Western Carolina 7     2 Marshall 2
  3 Appalachian State 2  

[3]

Most Outstanding Player[edit]

Walt Nadzak Award, Tournament Most Outstanding Player
Paul Menhart
Western Carolina

[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "College Baseball Conference Standings -- 1989". Boyd's World. Retrieved December 8, 2014. 
  2. ^ 2012 Southern Conference Baseball Media Guide. SoConSports.com. p. 46. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  3. ^ 2012 Southern Conference Baseball Media Guide. SoConSports.com. p. 48. Retrieved 2012-09-29. 
  4. ^ 2012 Southern Conference Baseball Media Guide. SoConSports.com. p. 63. Retrieved 2012-09-29.