1981 NCAA Division I baseball season

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1981 NCAA Division I baseball season
Number of teams 248
NCAA Tournament
College World Series
Champions Arizona State
Runners-up Oklahoma State
MOP Stan Holmes (Arizona State)
Seasons
← 1980
1982 →

The 1981 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 1981. The season progressed through the regular season and concluded with the 1981 College World Series. The College World Series, held for the thirty fifth time in 1981, 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. Arizona State claimed the championship for the fifth time.[1]

Conference winners[edit]

This is a partial list of conference champions from the 1981 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/NC State 1981 Atlantic Coast Conference Baseball Tournament Boshamer StadiumChapel Hill, NC Clemson
Big Eight Conference Missouri 1981 Big Eight Conference Baseball Tournament All Sports StadiumOklahoma City, OK Oklahoma State
Big Ten Conference East - Michigan
West - Minnesota
1981 Big Ten Conference Baseball Tournament Ray Fisher StadiumAnn Arbor, MI Michigan
EIBL Yale No Tournament
Mid-American Conference Central Michigan 1981 Mid-American Conference Baseball Tournament Bill Theunissen StadiumMount Pleasant, MI Eastern Michigan
Midwestern City Conference North - Xavier
South - Oral Roberts
1981 Midwestern City Conference Baseball Tournament Tulsa, OK Oral Roberts
Pacific-10 Conference North - Washington
South - Arizona State
No Tournament
Southeastern Conference East - Florida
West - Mississippi State/Alabama
1981 Southeastern Conference Baseball Tournament Dudy Noble FieldStarkville, MS Florida
Southern Conference East Tennessee State/Marshall/Western Carolina No Tournament
Southwest Conference Texas 1981 Southwest Conference Baseball Tournament Disch–Falk FieldAustin, TX Texas
Trans America Athletic Conference East - Georgia Southern
West - Hardin–Simmons
1981 Trans America Athletic Conference Baseball Tournament Hunter FieldAbilene, TX Mercer

Conference standings[edit]

The following is an incomplete list of conference standings:

1981 Atlantic Coast Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Clemson  ‍y 10 4   .714     34 24   .586
NC State  ‍‍‍ 10 4   .714     33 12   .733
Maryland  ‍‍‍ 7 3   .700     23 13   .639
Virginia  ‍‍‍ 8 5   .615     28 20   .583
Duke  ‍‍‍ 6 6   .500     29 10   .744
North Carolina  ‍‍‍ 6 7   .462     38 15   .717
Wake Forest  ‍‍‍ 3 9   .250     17 13   .567
Georgia Tech  ‍‍‍ 1 13   .071     14 24   .368
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 30, 1981[3]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball
1981 Big Eight Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
No. 30 Missouri  ‍‍‍y 17 6   .739     43 16   .729
No. 2 Oklahoma State  ‍‍y 12 6   .667     52 17   .754
Kansas  ‍‍‍ 12 11   .522     32 19   .627
Nebraska  ‍‍‍ 11 11   .500     42 22   .656
Oklahoma  ‍‍‍ 11 13   .458     40 15   .727
Kansas State  ‍‍‍ 8 12   .400     34 21   .618
Iowa State  ‍‍‍ 6 18   .250     34 22   .607
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 30, 1981[4]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball
1981 Big Ten Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
East
Michigan  x‍‍y 10 4   .714     41 20   .672
Purdue  ‍‍‍ 8 6   .571     34 30   .531
Ohio State  ‍‍‍ 7 9   .438     34 18   .654
Michigan State  ‍‍‍ 6 8   .429     23 28   .451
Indiana  ‍‍‍ 5 9   .357     23 25   .479
West
Minnesota  x‍‍‍ 13 3   .813     37 16   .698
Illinois  ‍‍‍ 11 3   .786     35 26   .574
Iowa  ‍‍‍ 8 6   .571     44 21   .677
Wisconsin  ‍‍‍ 3 13   .188     24 36   .400
Northwestern  ‍‍‍ 3 13   .188     17 33   .340
x – Division champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 30, 1981[5][6]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball
1981 Eastern 8 Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T   PCT     W   L   T   PCT
East
Rutgers  x‍‍ 5 3 0   .625     18 19 1   .487
UMass  ‍‍‍ 4 4 0   .500     22 17 0   .564
Rhode Island  ‍‍‍ 3 5 0   .375     14 18 0   .438
West
West Virginia  x‍‍‍ 6 2 0   .750     17 18 0   .486
Pittsburgh  ‍‍‍ 7 3 0   .700     25 8 0   .758
George Washington  ‍‍‍ 3 3 0   .500     18 20 0   .474
Duquesne  ‍‍‍ 0 8 0   .000     13 12 0   .520
x – Division champion
‡ – Championship Series champion
As of June 30, 1981; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball
1981 Mid-American Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T   PCT     W   L   T   PCT
Central Michigan  ‍‍‍ 13 3 0   .813     37 13 0   .740
Western Michigan  ‍‍‍ 14 3 1   .806     32 21 1   .602
Miami  ‍‍‍ 12 5 1   .694     22 27 1   .450
Eastern Michigan  ‍‍y 9 7 0   .563     37 29 0   .561
Toledo  ‍‍‍ 8 9 0   .471     30 20 0   .600
Northern Illinois  ‍‍‍ 6 10 2   .389     19 26 2   .426
Kent State  ‍‍‍ 5 8 0   .385     13 18 1   .422
Bowling Green  ‍‍‍ 5 8 0   .385     13 18 1   .422
Ohio  ‍‍‍ 5 13 0   .278     12 34 0   .261
Ball State  ‍‍‍ 4 12 0   .250     18 22 0   .450
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 30, 1981[7]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball
1981 Pacific-10 Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Northern
Washington  x‍‍‍ 12 6   .667     34 18   .654
Oregon State  ‍‍‍ 11 7   .611     29 14   .674
Washington State  ‍‍‍ 11 7   .611     27 25   .519
Oregon  ‍‍‍ 2 16   .111     16 21   .432
Southern
#1 Arizona State  x‍‍‍y 26 4   .867     55 13   .809
Stanford  ‍‍‍y 16 14   .533     43 22   .662
Southern California  ‍‍‍ 15 15   .500     34 24   .586
Arizona  ‍‍‍ 14 16   .467     30 22   .577
California  ‍‍‍ 12 18   .400     31 31   .500
UCLA  ‍‍‍ 7 23   .233     21 35   .375
x – Division champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 30, 1981[8]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball
1981 Southeastern Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   PCT     W   L   PCT
Eastern Division
#15 Florida  x‍‍y 16 7   .696     42 17   .712
Kentucky  ‍‍‍ 13 9   .591     39 16   .709
Tennessee  ‍‍‍ 10 13   .435     22 27   .449
Vanderbilt  ‍‍‍ 9 12   .429     26 25   .510
Georgia  ‍‍‍ 8 15   .348     23 23   .500
Western Division
#6 Mississippi State  x‍‍‍y 17 6   .739     46 17   .730
Alabama  x‍‍‍ 17 6   .739     41 15   .732
Ole Miss  ‍‍‍ 8 14   .364     24 24   .500
LSU  ‍‍‍ 7 14   .333     23 30   .434
Auburn  ‍‍‍ 7 16   .304     27 27   .500
x – Division champion
‡ – Tournament champion
y – Invited to the NCAA Tournament
As of June 30, 1981[9]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball
1981 Trans America Athletic Conference baseball standings
Conf     Overall
Team W   L   T   PCT     W   L   T   PCT
East
Georgia Southern x‍‍‍ 9 0 0   1.000     41 22 1   .648
Mercer ‍‍ 3 4 0   .429     39 12 1   .760
Arkansas–Little Rock ‍‍‍ 0 6 0   .000     22 25 0   .468
West
Hardin–Simmons x‍‍‍ 8 4 0   .667     20 28 0   .417
Centenary ‍‍‍ 8 4 0   .667     33 29 0   .532
Northeast Louisiana ‍‍‍ 6 6 0   .500     33 22 0   .600
Northwestern State ‍‍‍ 2 10 0   .167     16 42 0   .276
† – Conference champion
‡ – Tournament champion
As of June 30, 1981[10]; Rankings from Collegiate Baseball

College World Series[edit]

The 1981 season marked the thirty fifth 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 Arizona State claiming their fifth championship with a 7–4 win over Oklahoma State in the final.[1]

  First Round     Second Round     Third Round
                           
  Winner's Bracket
  Mississippi State 4  
  Michigan 1    
      Mississippi State 3  
      Arizona State 4    
  Arizona State 11          
  Texas 2        
      Arizona State 10
      Oklahoma State 1113
  Oklahoma State 810        
  South Carolina 5          
      Oklahoma State 12    
      Miami (FL) 6  
  Miami (FL) 6    
  Maine 1  
  Loser's Bracket
  Michigan 5  
  Texas 6     Miami (FL) 4
    Texas 5
  South Carolina 12  
  Maine 7     Mississippi State 5
    South Carolina 6
  Semifinals     Finals     if needed
                           
  Re-ordered Semi-finals
  Oklahoma State 8       Oklahoma State 4
  Texas 1513           Arizona State 7
      Texas 3    
      Arizona State 12  
  Arizona State 10    
  South Carolina 7  

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 October 6, 2014. 
  2. ^ "NCAA Men's College World Series Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2009. p. 7. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  3. ^ "College Baseball Conference Standings -- 1981". Boyd's World. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ "College Baseball Conference Standings -- 1981". Boyd's World. Retrieved May 14, 2018. 
  5. ^ 2012 Big Ten Baseball Record Book (PDF). Big Ten Conference. p. 101. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  6. ^ "College Baseball Conference Standings -- 1981". Boyd's World. Retrieved March 3, 2013. 
  7. ^ "All-time Standings" (PDF). Mid-American Conference. Retrieved May 6, 2013. 
  8. ^ "College Baseball Conference Standings -- 1981". Boydsworld.com. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ "College Baseball Conference Standings -- 1981". Boydsworld.com. Retrieved October 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ Atlantic Sun Baseball Record Book (PDF). Atlantic Sun Conference. p. 3. Retrieved March 9, 2014.