1973 NCAA University Division
Baseball Tournament
Season1973
Teams32
Finals site
ChampionsSouthern California (9th title)
Runner-upArizona State (6th CWS Appearance)
Winning coachRod Dedeaux (9th title)
MOPDave Winfield (Minnesota)

The 1973 NCAA University Division Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1973 NCAA University Division 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 twenty-seventh 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 32 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament.[1]

The twenty-seventh tournament's champion was Southern California, led by head coach Rod Dedeaux, and Dave Winfield of Minnesota. was the Most Outstanding Player. He was the starting pitcher in two games, tossing 1717+13 innings, allowing nine hits, one earned run, and striking out 29. In addition, Winfield batted .467 in the Series.

USC became the first team to win four consecutive College World Series and was undefeated (5–0) in the double-elimination format. The final game drew 12,050, the sixth highest to date, and attendance for the fourteen-game Series was 65,356, a new record by nearly seven thousand.[2]

Tournament

The opening rounds of the tournament were played across eight district sites across the country, each consisting of between three and six teams.[3] The winners of each District advanced to the College World Series.

Bold indicates winner.

District 1 at Boston, MA

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
          
Northeastern 3
Providence 2
Northeastern 1
Winner's bracket
Harvard 11
Harvard 4
UMass 2
Harvard 8
Providence 1
Providence 8
UMass 7
Providence 5
Loser's bracket
Northeastern 4

District 2 at West Windsor, NJ

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
          
Buffalo 1
Temple 0
Buffalo 1
Winner's bracket
Penn State 3
Penn State 5
Seton Hall 3
Penn State 4
Temple 2
Temple 4
Seton Hall 2
Temple 4*
Loser's bracket
Buffalo 3*

District 3 at Starkville, MS

 
                                               
  Miami (FL) 5  
  South Alabama 3     Miami (FL) 0  
    Georgia Southern 1    
      Miami (FL) 13  
      Appalachian State 6     Miami (FL) 6  
  Appalachian State 2         Vanderbilt 5    
  South Alabama 1        
  NC State 5         Miami (FL) 1
  Appalachian State 1           Georgia Southern 4
      Vanderbilt 4*        
      NC State 2*          
  Vanderbilt 6           Georgia Southern 5              
  Georgia Southern 2         Vanderbilt 2            
  Appalachian State 4    
  NC State 3  

District 4 at Carbondale, IL

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
          
Southern Illinois 5
Marshall 2
Southern Illinois 0
Winner's bracket
Minnesota 2
Minnesota 3
Miami (OH) 2
Minnesota 7*
Southern Illinois 6*
Miami (OH) 5
Marshall 1
Southern Illinois 8
Loser's bracket
Miami (OH) 1

District 5 at Tulsa, OK

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
          
Oklahoma 8
Creighton 1
Oklahoma 4
Winner's bracket
Tulsa 1
Tulsa 6
Oral Roberts 0
Oklahoma 5*
Tulsa 1*
Creighton 4
Oral Roberts 11
Tulsa 2
Loser's bracket
Oral Roberts 1

District 6 at San Antonio, TX

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
          
Trinity 6
Arkansas 0
Trinity 2
Winner's bracket
Texas 17
Texas 7
Texas–Pan American 1
Texas 1410
Texas–Pan American 12
Texas–Pan American 410
Arkansas 2
Texas–Pan American 410
Loser's bracket
Trinity 3

District 7 at Spokane, WA & Mesa, AZ

Spokane, WA Mesa, AZ
      
Arizona State 14
Denver 1
Denver 2 4 4
Gonzaga 8 3 3

District 8 at Los Angeles, CA

Semifinals Finals
        
Cal State Los Angeles 3 6
Southern California 4 13
Loyola Marymount 8 1
Southern California 9 2

College World Series

Participants

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach CWS Appearances CWS Best Finish CWS Record
Arizona State WAC 56–6 (16–1) Jim Brock 5
(last: 1972)
1st
(1965, 1967, 1969)
20–7
Georgia Southern Independent 42–10 Ron Polk 0
(last: none)
none 0–0
Harvard EIBL 35–3 (11–2) Loyal Park 2
(last: 1971)
5th
(1971)
1–4
Minnesota Big 10 29–14–2 (14–4) Dick Siebert 3
(last: 1964)
1st
(1956, 1960, 1964)
14–3
Oklahoma Big 8 47–10 (17–4) Enos Semore 2
(last: 1972)
1st
(1951)
5–2
Penn State Independent 19–5 Chuck Medlar 4
(last: 1963)
2nd
(1957)
8–8
Southern California Pac-8 46–11 (14–4) Rod Dedeaux 14
(last: 1972)
1st
(1948, 1958, 1961, 1963, 1968,
1970, 1971, 1972)
48–18
Texas Southwest 48–5 (15–3) Cliff Gustafson 14
(last: 1972)
1st
(1949, 1950)
28–25

Results

Bracket

  First round     Second round     Third round
                           
  Winner's bracket
  Minnesota 1  
  Oklahoma 0    
      Minnesota 0  
      Arizona State 3    
  Arizona State 3          
  Penn State 1        
      Arizona State 1
      Southern California 3
  Texas 6        
  Georgia Southern 3          
      Texas 1    
      Southern California 4  
  Southern California 4    
  Harvard 1  
  Loser's bracket
  Oklahoma 6  
  Penn State 0     Texas 10
    Oklahoma 2
  Georgia Southern 8  
  Harvard 0     Minnesota 6
    Georgia Southern 2
  Semifinals     Finals     if needed
                           
  Re-ordered Semifinals
  Southern California 8      
  Minnesota 7          
      Southern California 4    
      Arizona State 3  
  Arizona State 6    
  Texas 5  

Game results

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
June 8 Game 1 Minnesota 1–0 Oklahoma Dave Winfield: 14 Ks, 6-hit shutout.[4]
Game 2 Arizona State 3–1 Penn State
June 9 Game 3 Texas 6–3 Georgia Southern
Game 4 Southern California 4–1 Harvard
Game 5 Oklahoma 6–0 Penn State Penn State eliminated
June 10 Game 6 Georgia Southern 8–0 Harvard Harvard eliminated
Game 7 Arizona State 3–0 Minnesota
Game 8 Southern California 4–1 Texas
June 11 Game 9 Minnesota 6–2 Georgia Southern Georgia Southern eliminated
Game 10 Texas 10–2 Oklahoma Oklahoma eliminated
Game 11 Southern California 3–1 Arizona State
June 12 Game 12 Arizona State 6–5 Texas Texas eliminated[5]
Game 13 Southern California 8–7 Minnesota Minnesota eliminated[5]
June 13 Final Southern California 4–3 Arizona State Southern California wins CWS[2]
Final game was on Wednesday night, with an attendance of 12,050.[2]

The Minnesota vs. USC semi final game

Recalled each year as perhaps the most amazing game in CWS history, Minnesota faced a USC team that featured future major leaguers Rich Dauer, Fred Lynn, and Roy Smalley. Dave Winfield was the starting pitcher for Minnesota. In his first game vs. Oklahoma, he struck out 14 in shutting out the Sooners, 1-0. In the semi final vs. defending champion USC, Winfield had struck out 15 through 8 innings, allowing only an infield single as Minnesota built a 7-0 lead. USC's Rich Dauer said "In my whole career, even facing the big boys in the majors, I have never seen anything like that," When Dave let go of the ball, it was three feet in front of your face and it seemed like it was going 110 miles an hour."[6]

In the ninth inning, USC opened with a base hit but the next batter grounded into what appeared to be a double play. Television replays indicated the batter was out at first base, but the umpire called him safe and Minnesota coach Dick Siebert was thrown out of the game arguing the call. Two more singles and a key error by the first baseman led to three runs and Winfield was relieved and went to left field. Two relievers allowed five more runs and USC won the game 8–7.[5] "I have played in a lot of memorable big games during my career," Winfield said. "World Series games, league championship games, all-star games, all kinds. But I will never forget that game against USC. Never."[7]

All-Tournament Team

The following players were members of the All-Tournament Team.

Position Player School
P Eddie Bane Arizona State
Randy Scarbery USC
Bob Shirley Oklahoma
Dave Winfield (MOP) Minnesota
C Clint Meyers Arizona State
1B Clay Westlake Arizona State
2B Bill Berger Arizona State
3B Keith Moreland Texas
SS Roy Smalley USC
OF Ken Huizenga USC
Carl Person Georgia Southern
Terry Pyka Texas

Notable players

References

  1. ^ "NCAA Men's College World Series Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2009. p. 195. Retrieved August 7, 2014.
  2. ^ a b c "Trojans capture fourth straight". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. June 15, 1973. p. 32.
  3. ^ "NCAA Men's College World Series Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2009. p. 198-99. Retrieved 22 April 2012.
  4. ^ "Arizona, Gophers capture openers". Spokane Daily Chronicle. (Washington). Associated Press. June 9, 1973. p. 11.
  5. ^ a b c "USC gets eight in ninth for win". Spokesman-Review. (Spokane, Washington). Associated Press. June 13, 1973. p. 16.
  6. ^ Hoffbeck, Stephen R. (2005). Swinging for the Fences: Black Baseball in Minnesota. Minnesota Historical Society. p. 176.
  7. ^ Schwarz, Alan (June 11, 2002). "Greatest College World Series moments". ESPN. Retrieved January 18, 2014.