1997 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament

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1997 Big East Conference
Baseball Tournament
Teams 6
Format Double-elimination tournament
Finals Site
Champions St. John's (5th title)
Winning coach Ed Blankmeyer (1st title)
MVP Mike Dzurilla St. John's
1997 Big East Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T   PCT     W   L   T   PCT
American Division
West Virginia x 17 7 0   .708     36 19 0   .655
St. John's y 16 7 0   .696     35 17 0   .673
Connecticut 11 13 0   .458     27 20 0   .574
Providence 10 15 0   .400     26 23 1   .530
Boston College 8 17 0   .320     20 23 0   .465
Pittsburgh 8 17 0   .320     19 26 0   .422
National Division
Notre Dame 15 6 0   .714     41 19 0   .683
Rutgers 13 11 0   .542     28 24 0   .538
Seton Hall 13 11 0   .542     32 22 0   .593
Villanova 12 12 0   .500     29 27 0   .518
Georgetown 8 15 0   .348     19 37 1   .342
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 30, 1997[1][2]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball

The 1997 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament was held at Senator Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium in Norwich, CT. This was the thirteenth annual Big East Conference Baseball Tournament. The St. John's Red Storm won their fifth tournament championship and claimed the Big East Conference's automatic bid to the 1997 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.[3]

Format and seeding[edit]

The Big East baseball tournament was a 6 team double elimination tournament in 1997. The top six regular season finishers were seeded one through six based on conference winning percentage only, regardless of division. [3]

Team W L Pct. GB Seed
American Division
West Virginia 17 7 .708
2
St. John's 16 7 .696
.5
3
Connecticut 11 13 .458
6
Providence 10 15 .400
7.5
Boston College 8 17 .320
9.5
Pittsburgh 8 17 .320
8.5
National Division
Notre Dame 15 6 .714
1
Rutgers 13 11 .542
3.5
4
Seton Hall 13 11 .542
3.5
5
Villanova 12 12 .500
5.5
6
Georgetown 8 15 .348
8

Bracket[edit]

  First round Second round Third round Semi-finals Finals
                                                 
  1 Notre Dame 5  
  6 Villanova 10     4 Rutgers 5  
    6 Villanova 12    
  2 West Virginia 6         6 Villanova 5            
  5 Seton Hall 4           3 St. John's 6              
      2 West Virginia 4           3 St. John's 9
      3 St. John's 11         6 Villanova 7
  3 St. John's 3         6 Villanova 5*    
  4 Rutgers 0       1 West Virginia 1     1 Notre Dame 4*  
  1 Notre Dame 4     1 Notre Dame 8  
  5 Seton Hall 3  

* - Indicates game required 11 innings.[3]

Jack Kaiser Award[edit]

Mike Dzurilla was the winner of the 1997 Jack Kaiser Award. Dzurilla was a third baseman for St. John's.[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 -- 1997". 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.