1978 NCAA Division I baseball season

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1978 NCAA Division I baseball season
Number of teams 239
NCAA Tournament
College World Series
Champions Southern California
Runners-up Arizona State
MOP Rod Boxberger (Southern California)
Seasons
← 1977
1979 →

The 1978 NCAA Division I baseball season, play of college baseball in the United States organized by the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) began in the spring of 1978. The season progressed through the regular season and concluded with the 1978 College World Series. The College World Series, held for the thirty second time in 1978, consisted of one team from each of eight regional competitions and was held in Omaha, Nebraska at Johnny Rosenblatt Stadium as a double-elimination tournament. Southern California claimed the championship for the eleventh time.[1]

Conference winners[edit]

This is a partial list of conference champions from the 1978 season. The NCAA sponsored regional competitions to determine the College World Series participants. Seven regionals of four teams and one of six each competed in double-elimination tournaments, with the winners advancing to Omaha. 21 teams earned automatic bids by winning their conference championship while 13 teams earned at-large selections.[1][2]

Conference Regular Season Winner Conference Tournament Tournament Venue • City Tournament Winner
Atlantic Coast Conference Clemson 1978 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament Beautiful Tiger FieldClemson, SC Clemson
Big Eight Conference East - Oklahoma
West - Missouri
1978 Big Eight Conference Baseball Tournament All Sports StadiumOklahoma City, OK Oklahoma State
Big Ten Conference Michigan No Tournament
EIBL Harvard No Tournament
Mid-American Conference Eastern Michigan No Tournament
Pacific-8 Conference North - Washington State
South - Southern California
No Tournament
Southeastern Conference East - Florida
West - Auburn
1978 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament Perry FieldGainesville, FL Auburn
Southern Conference Marshall No Tournament
Southwest Conference Texas A&M 1978 Southwest Conference Baseball Tournament Disch–Falk FieldAustin, TX Baylor
Western Athletic Conference North - BYU
South - Arizona State
1978 Western Athletic Conference Baseball Championship Series Packard StadiumTempe, AZ Arizona State

Conference standings[edit]

The following is an incomplete list of conference standings:

1978 Atlantic Coast Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
#25 Clemson  ‍y 10 2   .833     39 14   .736
#3 North Carolina  ‍‍‍y 9 3   .750     38 17   .691
Wake Forest  ‍‍‍ 7 5   .583     23 14   .622
Maryland  ‍‍‍ 5 6   .455     14 14   .500
NC State  ‍‍‍ 5 7   .417     23 16   .590
Virginia  ‍‍‍ 4 8   .333     18 14   .563
Duke  ‍‍‍ 1 10   .091     12 22   .353
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 30, 1978[3]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball
1978 Southeastern Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Eastern Division
Florida  x‍‍‍ 18 4   .818     34 15   .694
Georgia  ‍‍‍ 11 12   .478     30 19   .612
Tennessee  ‍‍‍ 11 12   .478     25 21   .543
Vanderbilt  ‍‍‍ 10 13   .435     31 17   .646
Kentucky  ‍‍‍ 6 15   .286     20 25   .444
Western Division
#22 Auburn  x‍‍y 15 8   .652     33 21   .611
#14 Mississippi State  ‍‍‍y 13 8   .619     38 18   .679
Ole Miss  ‍‍‍ 12 11   .522     27 21   .563
Alabama  ‍‍‍ 10 11   .476     23 20   .535
LSU  ‍‍‍ 6 18   .250     12 34   .261
x – Division champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 30, 1978[4]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball
1978 Pacific-8 Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Northern Division
#16 Washington State  x‍‍‍y 15 3   .833     41 17   .707
Oregon ‍‍‍ 7 9   .438      
Oregon State ‍‍‍ 6 9   .400     22 22   .500
Washington ‍‍‍ 5 12   .294     29 16   .644
Southern Division
#1 Southern California xy ‍‍‍ 15 3   .833     54 9   .857
#15 UCLA ‍‍‍ 9 9   .500     39 20   .661
California ‍‍‍ 6 12   .333     35 27   .565
Stanford ‍‍‍ 6 12   .333     35 20   .636
x – Division champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 30, 1978[5]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball
1978 Western Athletic Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Northern
BYU  x‍‍‍ 16 2   .889     37 15   .712
Wyoming  ‍‍‍ 8 10   .444     35 24   .593
Colorado State  ‍‍‍ 6 12   .333     20 26   .435
Utah  ‍‍‍ 6 12   .333     8 27   .229
Southern
#2 Arizona State  x‍‍y 15 3   .833     56 12   .824
Arizona  ‍‍‍ 13 5   .722     42 13   .764
New Mexico  ‍‍‍ 5 12   .294     31 24   .564
UTEP  ‍‍‍ 2 15   .118     26 26   .500
x – Division champion
‡ – Championship Series champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 30, 1978[6]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball

College World Series[edit]

The 1978 season marked the thirty second NCAA Baseball Tournament, which culminated with the eight team College World Series. The College World Series was held in Omaha, Nebraska. The eight teams played a double-elimination format, with Southern California claiming their eleventh championship with a 10–3 win over Arizona State in the final.[1]

  First Round     Second Round     Third Round
                           
  Winner's Bracket
  Michigan 4  
  Baylor 0    
      Michigan 3  
      Southern California 11    
  Southern California 9          
  Miami (FL) 3        
      Southern California 5
      Arizona State 2
  Oral Roberts 11        
  North Carolina 0          
      Oral Roberts 6    
      Arizona State 7  
  Arizona State 13    
  St. John's 2  
  Loser's Bracket
  Baylor 1  
  Miami (FL) 12     Oral Roberts 3
    Miami (FL) 5
  North Carolina 9  
  St. John's 5     Michigan 6
    North Carolina 7
  Semifinals     Finals     if needed
                           
  Re-ordered Semi-finals
  Southern California 3      
  North Carolina 2          
      Southern California 10    
      Arizona State 3  
  Arizona State 11    
  Miami (FL) 3  

Award winners[edit]

All-America team[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c W.C. Madden & Patrick J. Stewart (2004). The College World Series:A Baseball History, 1947-2003. McFarland & Co. pp. 41–43. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  2. ^ "NCAA Men's College World Series Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2009. p. 7. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  3. ^ "College Baseball Conference Standings -- 1978". Boyd's World. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  4. ^ "College Baseball Conference Standings -- 1978". Boydsworld.com. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  5. ^ "College Baseball Conference Standings -- 1978". Boyd's World. Retrieved August 26, 2014.
  6. ^ "College Baseball Conference Standings -- 1978". boydsworld.com. Retrieved July 13, 2017.