1997 Conference USA Baseball Tournament

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1997 Conference USA
Baseball Tournament
Teams 10
Format Play-in round followed by
eight-team double-elimination tournament
Finals Site
Champions Houston (1st title)
Winning coach Rayner Noble (1st title)
MVP Scottie Scott Houston
1997 Conference USA baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Tulane 19 7   .731     40 21   .656
Houston y 19 8   .704     40 23   .635
South Florida y 18 8   .692     39 24   .619
Southern Miss 16 10   .615     34 23   .596
Charlotte 14 12   .538     30 26   .536
UAB 14 13   .519     31 29   .517
Louisville 11 15   .423     23 32   .418
Memphis 9 17   .346     20 31   .392
Saint Louis 8 19   .296     21 30   .412
Cincinnati 4 23   .148     12 46   .207
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 30, 1997[1]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball

The 1997 Conference USA Baseball Tournament was the 1997 postseason baseball championship of the NCAA Division I Conference USA, held at Turchin Stadium in New Orleans, Louisiana from May 13–18. Houston defeated Charlotte in the championship game, earning the conference's automatic bid to the 1997 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament.[2]

With the completion of Houston's move from the Southwest Conference, the conference expanded to 10 teams in baseball.[3] As a result, the tournament's play-in round was expanded to include the 7th–10th seeds, instead of only the 8th and 9th.[2]

Regular season results[edit]

Team W L PCT GB Seed
Tulane 19 7 .731
-
1
Houston 19 8 .704
0.5
2
South Florida 18 8 .692
1
3
Southern Miss 16 10 .615
3
4
Charlotte 14 12 .538
5
5
UAB 14 13 .519
5.5
6
Louisville 11 15 .423
8
7
Memphis 9 17 .346
10
8
Saint Louis 8 19 .296
11.5
9
Cincinnati 4 23 .148
15.5
10
  • Records reflect conference play only.[4]

Bracket[edit]

Play-in games[edit]

Two play-in games among the four teams with the worst regular season records decided which two teams would have the final two spots in the eight-team double-elimination bracket.

Play-In Game
     
9 Saint Louis 9
8 Memphis 2
Play-In Game
     
10 Cincinnati 8
7 Louisville] 5

Double-elimination[edit]

  First Round Second Round Semifinals Championship Game
                                       
5 Charlotte 14  
4 Southern Miss 9  
  5 Charlotte 8  
  1 Tulane 6  
10 Cincinnati 0
1 Tulane 10  
  5 Charlotte 4 9  
  1 Tulane 13 2  
10 Cincinnati 0  
4 Southern Miss 5  
  4 Southern Miss 2
  1 Tulane 6  
  5 Charlotte 7
  2 Houston 22
7 St. Louis 4  
2 Houston 13  
  3 South Florida 0
  2 Houston 2  
6 UAB 2
3 South Florida 5  
  6 UAB 6 8
  2 Houston 5 10  
7 Saint Louis 2  
6 UAB 6  
  6 UAB 5
  3 South Florida 3  
  • Bold indicates the winner of the game.
  • Italics indicate that the team was eliminated from the tournament.

All-tournament team[edit]

Position Player School
C Scottie Scott Houston
IF Keith Graffagnini Tulane
IF Joey Hammond Charlotte
IF Jason Hill Charlotte
IF Shaun Skrehot Houston
OF Jason Fitzgerald Tulane
OF Nick Rhodes Charlotte
OF Goefrey Tomlinson Houston
DH Jason Schreiber Houston
P Gary Shuford Charlotte
RP Chris Mason UAB
MVP Scottie Scott Houston

References[edit]

  1. ^ "College Baseball Conference Standings -- 1997". Boyd's World. Retrieved April 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ a b "2012 Conference USA Baseball Media Guide" (PDF). pp. 75–93. Archived from the original (PDF) on 21 June 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012. 
  3. ^ Jauss, Bill (25 April 1995). "Conference USA a Double Threat: New League Pushes Football as Well as Basketball". The Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 22 June 2012. 
  4. ^ "College Baseball Conference Standings -- 1997". BoydsWorld.com. Archived from the original on 10 June 2012. Retrieved 21 June 2012.