1998 Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Tournament

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1998 Atlantic 10 Conference
Baseball Tournament
Teams 4
Format Four-team single elimination
Finals Site
Champions Fordham (1st title)
Winning coach Dan Gallagher (1st title)
MVP Tom Stein Fordham

The 1998 Atlantic 10 Conference Baseball Championship was held at Veterans Stadium in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on May 12. It was scheduled to be a double-elimination tournament held at Bear Stadium in Boyertown, Pennsylvania, where it had been held from 1987 to 1997. Rain, however, forced the league to move it to the Phillies' Veterans Stadium and change it to a one-day, single-elimination tournament. It featured the top two regular-season finishers of each of the conference's six-team divisions. East Division second seed Fordham defeated Virginia Tech in the title game to win the tournament for the first time, earning the Atlantic 10's automatic bid to the 1998 NCAA Tournament.[1][2]

Seeding and format[edit]

Each division's top teams, based on winning percentage in the 18-game regular season schedule, qualified for the field. In the four-team single-elimination format forced by rain, the East Division champion opened by playing the West Division runner-up, and vice versa.

Team W L Pct. GB Seed
East Division
Massachusetts 15 3 .833
1E
Fordham 10 8 .556
5
2E
Rhode Island 8 10 .444
7
St. Bonaventure 8 10 .444
7
Temple 7 11 .389
8
Saint Joseph's 6 12 .333
9
West Division
George Washington 13 2 .867
1W
Virginia Tech 10 5 .667
3
2W
Duquesne 11 7 .611
3.5
Xavier 9 8 .529
5
Dayton 5 12 .294
9
La Salle 1 15 .063
12.5

Bracket[edit]

Semifinals Finals
           
1E Massachusetts 6
2W Virginia Tech 7
2W Virginia Tech 1
2E Fordham 3
1W George Washington 5
2E Fordham 14

All-Tournament Team[edit]

The following players were named to the All-Tournament Team. Fordham third baseman Tom Stein, one of four Rams selected, was named Most Outstanding Player.

The three Virginia Tech players selected, catcher Barry Gauch, pitcher Jon Hand, and second baseman Randy Martin, were all second-time selections. Hand was selected in 1996. Gauch and Martin were both selected in 1997, when Gauch was also named Most Outstanding Player.

Pos. Name Team
OF Aaron Braunstein Massachusetts
SS Ryan Dacey George Washington
2B Muchie Dagliere Massachusetts
C Barry Gauch Virginia Tech
P Jon Hand Virginia Tech
2B Randy Martin Virginia Tech
P Gary Reznick Fordham
OF Dan Rouhier George Washington
OF Bob Sprague Fordham
3B Tom Stein Fordham
OF Anthony Vega Fordham

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. ^ Hodges, Jim (May 21, 1998). "4 Coaches, 4 Views of Regional Openers". LATimes.com. Archived from the original on July 26, 2014. Retrieved July 26, 2014.