1955 NCAA I
Baseball Tournament
Season1955
Teams25
Finals site
ChampionsWake Forest (1st title)
Runner-upWestern Michigan (2nd CWS Appearance)
Winning coachTaylor Sanford (1st title)
MOPTom Borland (Oklahoma A&M)

The 1955 NCAA Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1955 NCAA baseball season to determine the national champion of college baseball. The tournament concluded with eight teams competing in the College World Series, a double-elimination tournament in its ninth year. Eight regional districts sent representatives to the College World Series with preliminary rounds within each district serving to determine each representative. These events would later become known as regionals. Each district had its own format for selecting teams, resulting in 25 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament.[1] The College World Series was held in Omaha, NE from June 10 to June 16. The ninth tournament's champion was Wake Forest, coached by Taylor Sanford. The Most Outstanding Player was Tom Borland of Oklahoma A&M.[2]

Tournament

District 1

Games played at Springfield, Massachusetts.

Semi-Finals Finals
      
Springfield 4
Boston College 3
Springfield 17
Massachusetts 6
Massachusetts 1
Holy Cross 0

District 2

Games played in Allentown, Pennsylvania.

Semi-Finals Finals
      
Colgate 7
Penn State 4
Colgate 7
Ithaca 6
Ithaca 5
Lafayette 0

District 3

District 3 consisted of two separate 3 game series. The first series was played between Wake Forest and Rollins, with the winner moving on to play West Virginia in a three-game series. The winner of that series moved on to the College World Series.

Games played at Morgantown, West Virginia.

Semifinals Finals
        
Wake Forest 5 7 6
West Virginia 1 9 5
Rollins 0 2
Wake Forest 4 6

District 4

District 4 consisted of two separate 3 game series. The first series was played between Alma and Western Michigan, with the winner moving on to play Ohio State in a three-game series. The winner of that series moved on to the College World Series.

Games played at Kalamazoo, Michigan.

Semifinals Finals
        
Western Michigan 1 5 7
Ohio State 010 8 5
Alma 9 0 4
Western Michigan 8 3 15

District 5

Games played in Norman, Oklahoma.

Finals
    
Oklahoma A&M 0 6 6
Oklahoma 3 3 2

District 6

Games played at Tucson, Arizona.

Finals
    
Texas A&M 2 5 1
Arizona 6 0 2

District 7

Games played at Greeley, Colorado.

Finals
    
Wyoming 8 13 5
Colorado State 17 7 12

District 8

District 8 consisted of two tiers of play. The first tier was a four-team double-elimination tournament with the winner moving on to play Southern California in a three-game series. The winner of that series moved onto the College World Series.

Games played at Fresno, California.

First Round Semi-Finals Finals
          
Fresno State 6
Willamette 3
Fresno St. 1
Winner's bracket
San Jose State 3
San Jose State 9
Pepperdine 2
San Jose State 4 1
Fresno State 9 5
Willamette 11
Pepperdine 14
Fresno State 8
Loser's bracket
Pepperdine 7

Games played at Los Angeles, California.

Finals
    
Fresno State 2 2 -
Southern California 11 15 -

College World Series

Participants

School Conference Record (conference) Head coach CWS appearances CWS best finish CWS record
Arizona Border 41–6 (6–0) Frank Sancet 1
(last: 1954)
6th
(1954)
1–2
Colgate Independent 16–6–1 Red O'Hora 0
(last: none)
none 0–0
Colorado State[a] RMC 24–2 (10–0) Pete Butler 2
(last: 1953)
7th
(1953)
0–4
Oklahoma A&M MVC 24–1 (8–0) Toby Greene 1
(last: 1954)
4th
(1954)
2–2
Springfield Independent 14–5 Archie Allen 1
(last: 1951)
5th
(1951)
1–2
Southern California CIBA 30–8 (14–2) Rod Dedeaux 3
(last: 1951)
1st
(1948)
5–5
Wake Forest ACC 24–6 (11–3) Taylor Sanford 1
(last: 1949)
2nd
(1949)
2–2
Western Michigan MAC 22–5 (9–0) Charlie Maher 1
(last: 1952)
3rd
(1952)
2–2

Bracket and Results

  First round     Second round     Third round
                           
  Winner's bracket
  Oklahoma A&M 5  
  Springfield 1    
      Oklahoma A&M 4  
      Western Michigan 5    
  Western Michigan 4          
  Arizona 1        
      Western Michigan 9
      Wake Forest 0
  Colorado State 2        
  Southern California 1          
      Colorado State 0    
      Wake Forest 10  
  Wake Forest 1    
  Colgate 0  
  Loser's bracket
  Springfield 0  
  Arizona 6     Colorado State 0
    Arizona 20
  Southern California 4  
  Colgate 6     Oklahoma A&M 4
    Colgate 2
  Semifinals     Finals     if needed
                           
  Re-ordered Semifinals
  Western Michigan 7       Western Michigan 6
  Wake Forest 10           Wake Forest 7
      Wake Forest 2    
      Oklahoma A&M 0  
  Arizona 4    
  Oklahoma A&M 512  

Game results

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
June 10 Game 1 Oklahoma A&M 5–1 Springfield
Game 2 Western Michigan 4–1 Arizona
Game 3 Colorado State 2–1 Southern California
Game 4 Wake Forest 1–0 Colgate
June 12 Game 5 Arizona 6–0 Springfield Springfield eliminated
Game 6 Colgate 6–4 Southern California Southern California eliminated
Game 7 Western Michigan 5–4 Oklahoma A&M
Game 8 Wake Forest 10–0 Colorado State
June 13 Game 9 Arizona 20–0 Colorado State Colorado State eliminated
Game 10 Oklahoma A&M 4–2 Colgate Colgate eliminated
Game 11 Western Michigan 9–0 Wake Forest
June 14 Game 12 Oklahoma A&M 5–4 (12 innings) Arizona Arizona eliminated
Game 13 Wake Forest 10–7 Western Michigan
June 15 Game 14 Wake Forest 2–0 Oklahoma A&M Oklahoma A&M eliminated
June 16 Final Wake Forest 7–6 Western Michigan Wake Forest wins CWS

Tournament Notes

Notes

  1. ^ Colorado State College is currently known as the University of Northern Colorado. Not to be confused with Colorado State University, then known as Colorado A&M.

References

  1. ^ "NCAA Men's College World Series Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2009. p. 196. Retrieved April 22, 2012.
  2. ^ "1955 College World Series". Omaha.com. Retrieved October 1, 2019.