1996 Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Tournament

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1996 Atlantic 10 Conference
Baseball Tournament
Teams 4
Format Four-team double elimination
Finals Site
Champions Massachusetts (3rd title)
Winning coach Mike Stone (2nd title)
MVP Nate Murphy Massachusetts

The 1996 Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Championship was held at Bear Stadium in Boyertown, Pennsylvania from May 10–12. The double elimination tournament featured the top two regular-season finishers of each of the conference's six-team divisions. East Division top seed Massachusetts defeated Virginia Tech in the title game to win the tournament for the third time, earning the Atlantic 10's automatic bid to the 1996 NCAA Tournament.[1]

Seeding and format[edit]

Each division's top teams, based on winning percentage in the 20-game regular season schedule, qualified for the field. In the opening round of the four-team double-elimination format, the East Division champion played the West Division runner-up, and vice versa.

Team W L T Pct. GB Seed
East Division
Massachusetts 15 5 0 .750
1E
Temple 12 8 0 .600
3
2E
St. Bonaventure 10 10 0 .500
5
Fordham 8 11 1 .425
6.5
Saint Joseph's 8 11 1 .425
6.5
Rhode Island 6 14 0 .300
9
West Division
Virginia Tech 16 4 0 .800
1W
Xavier 11 8 0 .579
4.5
2W
George Washington 10 10 0 .500
6
Dayton 8 11 0 .421
7.5
La Salle 8 12 0 .400
8
Duquesne 6 14 0 .300
10

Bracket[edit]

 
                             
1E Massachusetts 16  
2W Xavier 3  
  1E Massachusetts 1  
  1W Virginia Tech 4  
1W Virginia Tech 4
2E Temple 2  
  1W Virginia Tech 2 2
  1E Massachusetts 5 8
2W Xavier 6  
2E Temple 3  
  1E Massachusetts 6
  2W Xavier 1  

All-Tournament Team[edit]

The following players were named to the All-Tournament Team. Massachusetts's Nate Murphy, one of five Minutemen selected, was named Most Outstanding Player.[2]

1996 was the first time the league named an All-Tournament Team. Previously, it had named only a Most Outstanding Player and Pitcher.

Pos. Name Team
P David Dart Massachusetts
P Brian Fitzgerald Virginia Tech
C Michael Gancasz Temple
SS Brad Gorrie Massachusetts
P Jon Hand Virginia Tech
C/DH Josh Herman Virginia Tech
C Andy Kiah Massachusetts
3B Bryan Mazzaferro Massachusetts
OF Nate Murphy Massachusetts
OF Austin Rappe Virginia Tech
SS Marty Sparks Xavier

References[edit]

  1. ^ "2014 Atlantic 10 Baseball Record Book" (PDF). Atlantic10.com. Archived from the original (PDF) on July 15, 2014. Retrieved July 15, 2014. 
  2. ^ "College Baseball". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. May 15, 1996. Archived from the original on December 30, 2016. Retrieved July 27, 2014.