1998 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament

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1998 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament
Classification Division
Teams 6
Format Double-elimination tournament
Site
Champions Rutgers (1st title)
Winning coach Fred Hill (1st title)
MVP Dave Marciniak (Rutgers)
1998 Big East Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T   PCT     W   L   T   PCT
#30 Rutgers y 17 3 0   .850     33 16 0   .673
Notre Dame 15 4 0   .789     41 17 0   .707
St. John's 14 7 0   .667     28 17 1   .620
Providence 14 8 1   .630     31 22 1   .583
West Virginia 13 9 0   .591     37 17 1   .682
Seton Hall 12 10 0   .545     25 23 0   .521
Connecticut 12 11 0   .522     25 17 0   .595
Villanova 6 15 0   .286     26 21 1   .552
Pittsburgh 5 16 0   .238     12 27 1   .313
Boston College 4 15 1   .225     17 23 1   .427
Georgetown 5 19 0   .208     22 34 0   .393
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 30, 1998[1][2]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball

The 1998 Big East Conference Baseball Tournament was held at Senator Thomas J. Dodd Memorial Stadium in Norwich, CT. This was the fourteenth annual Big East Conference Baseball Tournament. The Rutgers Scarlet Knights won their first tournament championship and claimed the Big East Conference's automatic bid to the 1998 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament. Rutgers joined the Big East prior to the 1996 season.[3]

Format and seeding[edit]

The Big East baseball tournament was a 6 team double elimination tournament in 1998. The top six regular season finishers were seeded one through six based on conference winning percentage only. The division used the previous two seasons were discontinued, with all 11 teams competing in a single division.[3]

Team W L T Pct. GB Seed
Rutgers 17 3 0 .850
1
Notre Dame 15 4 0 .789
1.5
2
St. John's 14 7 0 .667
3.5
3
Providence 14 8 1 .630
5
4
West Virginia 13 9 0 .591
5
5
Seton Hall 12 10 0 .545
6
6
Connecticut 12 11 0 .522
6.5
Villanova 6 15 0 .286
10
Pittsburgh 5 16 0 .238
11
Boston College 4 15 1 .225
11.5
Georgetown 5 19 0 .208
14

Bracket[edit]

  First round Semifinals Third Round Semi-Finals Finals
                                               
  1 Rutgers 9*  
  6 Seton Hall 7*     1 Rutgers 2  
    4 Providence 3    
      4 Providence 10  
      5 West Virginia 1     4 Providence 7  
  5 West Virginia 7         2 Notre Dame 9    
  6 Seton Hall 2        
  2 Notre Dame 5         2 Notre Dame 0
  5 West Virginia 4           1 Rutgers 12
      2 Notre Dame 3        
      3 St. John's 2          
  3 St. John's 7           2 Notre Dame 6              
  4 Providence 2         1 Rutgers 7            
  1 Rutgers 14    
  3 St. John's 10  

* - Indicates game required 17 innings.[3]

Jack Kaiser Award[edit]

Dave Marciniak was the winner of the 1998 Jack Kaiser Award. Marciniak was a shortstop for Rutgers.[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 27, 2013. 
  2. ^ "College Baseball Conference Standings -- 1998". boydsworld.com. Retrieved January 27, 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 27, 2013.