1996 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament

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1996 Big East Conference
Baseball Tournament
Teams 6
Format Double-elimination tournament
Finals Site
Champions West Virginia (1st title)
Winning coach Greg Van Zant (1st title)
MVP Chris Enochs West Virginia
1996 Big East Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T   PCT     W   L   T   PCT
American Division
West Virginia  x‍‍y 15 10 0   .600     33 25 0   .569
Providence  x‍‍‍ 15 10 0   .600     32 17 1   .650
St. John's  ‍‍‍ 14 10 0   .583     26 18 0   .591
Connecticut  ‍‍‍ 13 12 0   .520     24 23 0   .511
Pittsburgh  ‍‍‍ 9 13 0   .409     24 20 2   .543
Boston College  ‍‍‍ 6 18 0   .250     15 27 0   .357
National Division
Villanova  x‍‍‍ 16 5 0   .762     25 20 0   .556
Rutgers  ‍‍‍ 15 7 1   .674     32 21 1   .602
Notre Dame  ‍‍‍y 13 7 0   .650     44 18 0   .710
Georgetown  ‍‍‍ 6 18 0   .250     18 34 0   .346
Seton Hall  ‍‍‍ 5 17 1   .239     18 27 1   .402
x – Division champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 30, 1996[1][2]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball

The 1996 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament was held at Senator Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium in Norwich, CT. This was the twelfth annual Big East Conference Baseball Tournament. The West Virginia Mountaineers won their only tournament championship in their first year in the league, and claimed the Big East Conference's automatic bid to the 1996 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.[3] West Virginia joined the Big 12 Conference after the 2012 season.

Format and seeding[edit]

The Big East baseball tournament was a 6 team double elimination tournament in 1996. The top three regular season finishers in each division were seeded one through three based on conference winning percentage only. West Virginia claimed the top seed from the American Division by winning the season series over Providence. The top team in each division played the third seed from the opposite division and the second seeds played each other in the first round. This was the first season of divisional play, resulting from the addition of Notre Dame, Rutgers and West Virginia to the league beginning with the 1996 season.[3]

Team W L T Pct. GB Seed
American Division
West Virginia 15 10 0 .600
1A
Providence 15 10 0 .600
2A
St. John's 14 10 0 .583
.5
3A
Connecticut 13 12 0 .520
2
Pittsburgh 9 13 0 .409
4.5
Boston College 6 18 0 .250
8.5
National Division
Villanova 16 5 0 .762
1N
Rutgers 15 7 1 .674
2
2N
Notre Dame 13 7 0 .650
2.5
3N
Georgetown 6 18 0 .250
11.5
Seton Hall 5 17 1 .239
12

Bracket[edit]

  First round Second round Third round Semi-finals Finals
                                                 
  1A West Virginia 10  
  3N Notre Dame 5     1A West Virginia 5  
    2N Rutgers 0    
  1N Villanova 1         1A West Virginia 6            
  3A St. John's 4           3A St. John's 5              
      3A St. John's 3           1A West Virginia 2 7
      2A Providence 2         3N Notre Dame 5 4
  2A Providence 4         3A St. John's 0    
  2N Rutgers 1       2A Providence 2     3N Notre Dame 4  
  3N Notre Dame 4     3N Notre Dame 4  
  1N Villanova 3  

[3]

Jack Kaiser Award[edit]

Chris Enochs was the winner of the 1996 Jack Kaiser Award. Enochs was a pitcher for West Virginia.[3]

References[edit]

  1. ^ 2012 Big East Baseball Media Guide. Big East Conference. p. 61. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  2. ^ "College Baseball Conference Standings -- 1996". boydsworld.com. Retrieved January 26, 2013. 
  3. ^ a b c d 2012 Big East Baseball Media Guide. Big East Conference. pp. 61–66. Archived from the original on February 3, 2013. Retrieved January 26, 2013.