2003 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament

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2003 NCAA Division I
Baseball Tournament
Season 2003
Teams 64
Finals Site
Champions Rice (1st title)
Runner-Up Stanford (15th CWS Appearance)
Winning coach Wayne Graham (1st title)

The 2003 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was held May 30 through June 23, 2003. Sixty-four NCAA Division I college baseball teams met after having played their way through a regular season, and for some, a conference tournament, to play in the NCAA Tournament. The tournament culminated with 8 teams in the College World Series at historic Rosenblatt Stadium in Omaha, Nebraska.

ESPN, which held the rights to the College World Series, began televising super regional games in 2003. As part of the contract with ESPN, four super regionals would begin on Friday and run through Sunday, while the other four super regionals would begin Saturday and run through Monday.

The 2003 College World Series saw a format change and the championship was decided by a best-of-three series. From 1947 through 1988, the College World Series was a true double elimination tournament. From 1989 through 2002, there were two double elimination pools, but the two teams coming out of the pools played a single championship game and a champion was crowned regardless of whether the loser had two losses.

In the 2003 championship series, Rice defeated Stanford two games to one. John Hudgins became the 16th player to win the College World Series Most Outstanding Player Award from a losing team.

Bids[edit]

Automatic Bids[edit]

Conference champions from 30 Division I conferences earned automatic bids to regionals. The remaining 34 spots were awarded to schools as at-large invitees.

Conference School Berth Type
America East Northeastern Tournament Champion
ACC Georgia Tech Tournament Champion
Atlantic Sun Jacksonville Tournament Champion
A-10 Richmond Tournament Champion
Big East Notre Dame Tournament Champion
Big South Coastal Carolina Tournament Champion
Big Ten Ohio State Tournament Champion
Big 12 Texas Tournament Champion
Big West Long Beach State Regular Season Champion
CAA VCU Tournament Champion
Conference USA Southern Miss Tournament Champion
Horizon League UIC Tournament Champion
Ivy League Princeton Championship Series Winner
MAAC Le Moyne Tournament Champion
MAC Eastern Michigan Tournament Champion
Mid-Con Oral Roberts Tournament Champion
MEAC Bethune-Cookman Tournament Champion
Missouri Valley Wichita State Tournament Champion
MWC UNLV Tournament Champion
NEC Central Connecticut Tournament Champion
OVC Murray State Tournament Champion
Pac-10 Stanford Regular Season Champion
Patriot League Bucknell Tournament Champion
SEC Alabama Tournament Champion
SoCon Western Carolina Tournament Champion
Southland McNeese State Tournament Champion
SWAC Southern Tournament Champion
Sun Belt Middle Tennessee Tournament Champion
WCC Pepperdine Championship Series Winner
WAC Rice Regular Season Champion

Bids by conference[edit]

Conference Total Schools
Southeastern 8 Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida, LSU, Mississippi State, Ole Miss, South Carolina
Atlantic Coast 5 Clemson, Florida State, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, NC State
Big 12 5 Baylor, Missouri, Nebraska, Texas, Texas A&M
Conference USA 4 East Carolina, Houson, Southern Miss, Tulane
Pacific-10 4 Arizona, Arizona State, Stanford, Washington
Atlantic Sun 3 Florida Atlantic, Jacksonville, Stetson
Big West 3 Cal State Fullerton, Long Beach State, UC Riverside
Sun Belt 3 Middle Tennessee, New Mexico State, South Alabama
Big East 2 Notre Dame, Rutgers
Big Ten 2 Minnesota, Ohio State
Colonial Athletic 2 UNC Wilmington, VCU
Missouri Valley 2 Southwest Missouri State, Wichita State
Southland 2 Lamar, McNeese State
West Coast 2 Pepperdine, San Diego
America East 1 Northeastern
Atlantic 10 1 Richmond
Big South 1 Coastal Carolina
Horizon 1 UIC
Independent 1 Miami (FL)
Ivy 1 Princeton
Metro Atlantic 1 Le Moyne
Mid-American 1 Eastern Michigan
Mid-Continent 1 Oral Roberts
Mid-Eastern 1 Bethune-Cookman
Mountain West 1 UNLV
Northeast 1 Central Connecticut
Ohio Valley 1 Murray State
Patriot 1 Bucknell
Southern 1 Western Carolina
Southwestern Athletic 1 Southern
Western Athletic 1 Rice

Tournament Notes[edit]

  • UC Riverside, Illinois-Chicago, and UNC Wilmington were making their first NCAA tournament appearance.[1]

CWS records tied or broken[edit]

  • Total attendance: 260,091
  • Largest margin of victory in a championship game: 12
  • Stanford became the first team to lose three games at one College World Series.

National seeds[edit]

Bold indicates CWS participant.

  1. Florida State
  2. LSU
  3. Georgia Tech
  4. Auburn
  5. Rice
  6. Stanford
  7. Cal State Fullerton
  8. Miami (FL)

Regionals and super regionals[edit]

Bold indicates winner.

Tallahassee Super Regional[edit]

  First Round Second Round Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
1 Florida State 6  
4 Jacksonville 0  
  1 Florida State 6  
  2 South Alabama 8  
3 Rutgers 1
2 South Alabama 14  
  2 South Alabama 5 2  
Tallahassee Regional–Dick Howser Stadium
  1 Florida State 13 12  
4 Jacksonville 5  
3 Rutgers 8  
  3 Rutgers 7
  1 Florida State 17  
  1 Florida State 3 5
  Texas 8 6
1 Texas 7  
4 Bucknell 0  
  1 Texas 7
  3 Lamar 3  
3 Lamar 3
2 Arkansas 2  
  1 Texas 2 6
Austin Regional–Disch-Falk Field
  3 Lamar 6 3  
4 Bucknell 7  
2 Arkansas 10  
  2 Arkansas 6
  3 Lamar 711  

Baton Rouge Super Regional[edit]

  First Round Second Round Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
1 LSU 11  
4 Northeastern 8  
  1 LSU 13  
  2 Tulane 5  
3 UNC Wilmington 3
2 Tulane 8  
  1 LSU 911  
Baton Rouge Regional–Alex Box Stadium
  3 UNC Wilmington 8  
4 Northeastern 6  
3 UNC Wilmington 12  
  3 UNC Wilmington 910
  2 Tulane 8  
  2 LSU 1 6 20
  Baylor 4 5 5
1 Baylor 7  
4 Murray State 6  
  1 Baylor 10
  3 Southern 3  
3 Southern 5
2 Southern Miss 3  
  1 Baylor 3
Hattiesburg Regional–Pete Taylor Park
  2 Southern Miss 2  
4 Murray State 0  
2 Southern Miss 18  
  2 Southern Miss 18
  3 Southern 1  

Columbia Super Regional[edit]

  First Round Second Round Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
1 Georgia Tech 4  
4 Stetson 5  
  4 Stetson 2  
  2 South Carolina 7  
3 East Carolina 0
2 South Carolina 4  
  2 South Carolina 9  
Atlanta Regional–Russ Chandler Stadium
  4 Stetson 3  
1 Georgia Tech 3  
3 East Carolina 10  
  3 East Carolina 4
  4 Stetson 9  
  South Carolina 5 14
  North Carolina 4 4
1 Mississippi State 10  
4 Middle Tennessee 4  
  1 Mississippi State 5
  2 North Carolina 10  
3 Missouri 3
2 North Carolina 411  
  2 North Carolina 811
Starkville Regional–Dudy Noble Field
  1 Mississippi State 6  
4 Middle Tennessee 7  
3 Missouri 13  
  3 Missouri 5
  1 Mississippi State 10  

Columbus Super Regional[edit]

  First Round Second Round Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
1 Auburn 5  
4 Princeton 2  
  1 Auburn 2  
  3 Ohio State 6  
3 Ohio State 10
2 Clemson 8  
  3 Ohio State 9  
Auburn Regional–Plainsman Park
  1 Auburn 7  
4 Princeton 6  
2 Clemson 7  
  2 Clemson 0
  1 Auburn 15  
  Ohio State 8 7
  Southwest Missouri State 13 13
1 Nebraska 16  
4 Eastern Michigan 11  
  1 Nebraska 2
  3 Southwest Missouri State 4  
3 Southwest Missouri State 8
2 Coastal Carolina 3  
  3 Southwest Missouri State 5 7
Lincoln Regional–Haymarket Park
  1 Nebraska 9 0  
4 Eastern Michigan 9  
2 Coastal Carolina 8  
  4 Eastern Michigan 2
  1 Nebraska 18  

Houston Super Regional[edit]

The Houston Super Regional was hosted by Rice at Reckling Park.

  First Round Second Round Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
1 Rice 310  
4 McNeese State 2  
  1 Rice 10  
  3 Wichita State 1  
3 Wichita State 4
2 Ole Miss 2  
  1 Rice 5  
Houston Regional–Reckling Park
  3 Wichita State 2  
4 McNeese State 1  
2 Ole Miss 7  
  2 Ole Miss 4
  3 Wichita State 5  
  5 Rice 2 10 5
  Houston 5 2 2
1 Texas A&M 6  
4 Oral Roberts 3  
  1 Texas A&M 16
  2 Alabama 5  
3 Houston 3
2 Alabama 9  
  1 Texas A&M 6 6
College Station Regional–Olsen Field
  3 Houston 7 7  
4 Oral Roberts 2  
3 Houston 4  
  3 Houston 16
  2 Alabama 7  

Palo Alto Super Regional[edit]

  First Round Second Round Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
1 Stanford 9  
4 UIC 2  
  1 Stanford 13  
  3 UC Riverside 6  
3 UC Riverside 10
2 Richmond 8  
  1 Stanford 19  
Palo Alto Regional–Sunken Diamond
  2 Richmond 6  
4 UIC 0  
2 Richmond 5  
  2 Richmond 8
  3 UC Riverside 1  
  6 Stanford 5 4
  Long Beach State 1 2
1 Long Beach State 6  
4 Pepperdine 1  
  1 Long Beach State 7
  3 Washington 2  
3 Washington 5
2 Minnesota 3  
  1 Long Beach State 7
Long Beach Regional–Blair Field
  3 Washington 2  
4 Pepperdine 5  
2 Minnesota 7  
  2 Minnesota 1
  3 Washington 4  

Fullerton Super Regional[edit]

  First Round Second Round Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
1 Cal State Fullerton 3  
4 San Diego 1  
  1 Cal State Fullerton 4  
  3 Notre Dame 3  
3 Notre Dame 13
2 Arizona 4  
  1 Cal State Fullerton 8  
Fullerton Regional–Goodwin Field
  3 Notre Dame 1  
4 San Diego 5  
2 Arizona 2  
  4 San Diego 3
  3 Notre Dame 6  
  7 Cal State Fullerton 5 6 7
  Arizona State 1 7 1
1 Arizona State 14  
4 Central Connecticut 2  
  1 Arizona State 15
  3 New Mexico State 0  
3 New Mexico State 1411
2 UNLV 12  
  1 Arizona State 16
Tempe Regional–Packard Stadium
  2 UNLV 1  
4 Central Connecticut 3  
2 UNLV 22  
  2 UNLV 16
  3 New Mexico State 10  

Coral Gables Super Regional[edit]

  First Round Second Round Regional Finals Super Regionals
                                           
1 Miami (FL) 10  
4 Bethune-Cookman 5  
  1 Miami (FL) 1  
  2 Florida Atlantic 0  
3 Florida 3
2 Florida Atlantic 4  
  1 Miami (FL) 5 13  
Coral Gables Regional–Mark Light Field
  3 Florida 15 10  
4 Bethune-Cookman 6  
3 Florida 8  
  3 Florida 22
  2 Florida Atlantic 14  
  8 Miami (FL) 10 1111
  NC State 9 5
1 NC State 8  
4 Le Moyne 2  
  1 NC State 410
  2 VCU 3  
3 Western Carolina 0
2 VCU 6  
  1 NC State 614
Wilson Regional–Fleming Stadium
  3 Western Carolina 4  
4 Le Moyne 5  
3 Western Carolina 9  
  3 Western Carolina 2
  2 VCU 0  

College World Series[edit]

Participants[edit]

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach CWS Appearances CWS Best Finish CWS Record
Cal State Fullerton Big West 48–14 (15–6) George Horton 11
(last: 2001)
1st
(1979, 1984, 1995)
25–18
LSU SEC 45–20 (20–9) Smoke Laval 11
(last: 2000)
1st
(1991, 1993, 1996, 1997, 2000)
29–13
Miami (FL) n/a 44–15–1 (n/a) Jim Morris 19
(last: 2001)
1st
(1982, 1985, 1999, 2001)
43–30
Southwest Missouri State MVC 40–24 (19–11) Keith Guttin 0
(last: none)
none 0–0
Rice WAC 53–11 (25–5) Wayne Graham 3
(last: 2002)
5th
(1999)
1–6
South Carolina SEC 44–20 (19–11) Ray Tanner 6
(last: 2002)
2nd
(1975, 1977, 2002)
13-12
Stanford Pac-10 46–15 (18–6) Mark Marquess 14
(last: 2002)
1st
(1987, 1988)
33–24
Texas Big 12 48–18 (19–8) Augie Garrido 29
(last: 2002)
1st
(1949, 1950, 1975, 1983, 2002)
68–49

Bracket[edit]

  First round Second round Semifinals Finals
                                           
Texas 13  
8 Miami (FL) 2  
  Texas 2  
  5 Rice 12  
5 Rice 4
Southwest Missouri State 2  
  5 Rice 5  
  Texas 4  
8 Miami (FL) 7  
Southwest Missouri State 5  
  8 Miami (FL) 1
  Texas 5  
  5 Rice 410 3 14
  6 Stanford 3 8 2
2 LSU 2  
7 Cal State Fullerton 8  
  7 Cal State Fullerton 6
  6 Stanford 5  
6 Stanford 8
South Carolina 0  
  7 Cal State Fullerton 3 5*
  6 Stanford 5 7*  
2 LSU 10  
South Carolina 11  
  South Carolina 6
  6 Stanford 13  

Championship Series[edit]

Saturday 6/21 Game #1[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 R H E
Stanford 3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 3 7 1
Rice 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0 1 4 8 1
WP: David Aardsma (7–3)   LP: Ryan McCally (7–3)
Attendance: 23,741

Sunday 6/22 Game #2[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Rice 0 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 0 3 10 2
Stanford 1 0 2 0 0 0 5 0 X 8 9 0
WP: John Hudgins (14–3)   LP: Wade Townsend (11–2)
Attendance: 17,907

Monday 6/23 Game #3[edit]

Team 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 R H E
Stanford 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 2 5 2
Rice 3 1 0 0 0 7 0 3 14 14 0
WP: Philip Humber (11–3)   LP: Mark Romanczuk (12–2)
Attendance: 18,494
Notes: Rice wins first national championship in any team sport in school history

All Tournament Team[edit]

Position Player School
Pitcher John Hudgins Stanford
Jeff Niemann Rice
Catcher Ryan Garko Stanford
First Base Curtis Thigpen Texas
Second Base Enrique Cruz Rice
Third Base Johnny Ash Stanford
Shortstop Justin Turner Cal State Fullerton
Outfield Chris Kolkhorst Rice
Danny Putnam Stanford
Carlos Quentin Stanford
Designated Hitter P.J. Pilittere Cal State Fullerton

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NCAA Men's College World Series Records 1947-2008" (PDF). NCAA. Retrieved 2009-01-20.