1981 NCAA Division I
Baseball Tournament
Season1981
Teams34
Finals site
ChampionsArizona State (5th title)
Runner-upOklahoma State (9th CWS Appearance)
Winning coachJim Brock (2nd title)
MOPStan Holmes (Arizona State)

The 1981 NCAA Division I Baseball Tournament was played at the end of the 1981 NCAA Division I 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 thirty fifth year. Eight regional competitions were held to determine the participants in the final event. Seven regions held a four team, double-elimination tournament while one region included six teams, resulting in 34 teams participating in the tournament at the conclusion of their regular season, and in some cases, after a conference tournament.[1] The thirty-fifth tournament's champion was Arizona State coached by Jim Brock. The Most Outstanding Player was Stan Holmes of Arizona State.

Regionals

The opening rounds of the tournament were played across eight regional sites across the country, seven consisting of four teams and one of six teams.[2] The winners of each Regional advanced to the College World Series.

Bold indicates winner.

Atlantic Regional at Clemson, SC

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
          
Mississippi State 7
East Tennessee State 6
Mississippi State 5
Winner's bracket
Wichita State 1
Wichita State 7
Clemson 2
Mississippi State 6
East Tennessee State 5
Clemson 1
East Tennessee State 2
Wichita State 4*
Loser's bracket
East Tennessee State 5*

Central Regional at Austin, TX

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
          
Lamar 6
Stanford 5
Lamar 2
Winner's bracket
Texas 3
Texas 11
BYU 4
Texas 8 10
Stanford 9 2
BYU 1
Stanford 2
Lamar 1
Loser's bracket
Stanford 9

East Regional at Columbia, SC

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
          
Memphis 16
James Madison 3
Memphis 5
Winner's bracket
South Carolina 8
South Carolina 15
Temple 6
South Carolina 11
Memphis 5
Temple 2
James Madison 10
Memphis 8
Loser's bracket
James Madison 3

Mideast Regional at Ann Arbor, MI

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
          
New Orleans 2
Michigan 1
New Orleans 11
Winner's bracket
Eastern Michigan 18
Eastern Michigan 15
UNLV 3
Eastern Michigan 0 0
Michigan 10 4
UNLV 2
Michigan 6
New Orleans 1
Loser's bracket
Michigan 7

Midwest Regional at Tulsa, OK

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
          
Southern Illinois 4
San Diego State 3
Southern Illinois 4
Winner's bracket
Oklahoma State 9
Oklahoma State 4
Oral Roberts 3
Oklahoma State 8
Oral Roberts 5
San Diego State 1
Oral Roberts 3
Southern Illinois 2
Loser's bracket
Oral Roberts 7

Northeast Regional at New Haven, CT

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
          
Maine 10
Central Michigan 2
Maine 10
Winner's bracket
St. John's 5
St. John's 1*
Yale 0*
Maine 5 15
St. John's 10 0
Yale 2
Central Michigan 7
St. John's 23
Loser's bracket
Central Michigan 13

South Regional at Coral Gables, FL

 
                                                 
  Florida State 5  
  Florida 1     Florida State 9  
    Minnesota    
  Middle Tennessee         Florida State 6            
  Missouri 2           Miami (FL) 14              
      Middle Tennessee 0           Miami (FL) 8
      Miami (FL) 2         Florida 6
  Miami (FL) 12         Florida State 4    
  Minnesota 0       Middle Tennessee 4*     Florida 5  
  Missouri 3     Florida 7  
  Florida 7  

West Regional at Tempe, AZ

Quarterfinals Semifinals Finals
          
Cal State Fullerton 9
Fresno State 8
Cal State Fullerton 9
Winner's bracket
Arizona State 18
Arizona State 9
Gonzaga 6
Arizona State 12
Cal State Fullerton 7
Gonzaga 8
Fresno State 10
Cal State Fullerton 10
Loser's bracket
Fresno State 9

College World Series

Participants

School Conference Record (Conference) Head Coach CWS Appearances CWS Best Finish CWS Record
Arizona State Pac-10 50–12 (26–4) Jim Brock 10
(last: 1978)
1st
(1965, 1967, 1969, 1977)
37–16
Maine Eastern Collegiate 32–12 (n/a) John Winkin 2
(last: 1976)
3rd
(1964)
5–4
Miami (FL) n/a 60–8 (n/a) Ron Fraser 4
(last: 1980)
2nd
(1974)
7–8
Michigan Big 10 41–18 (10–4) Bud Middaugh 4
(last: 1980)
1st
(1953)
10–5
Mississippi State SEC 45–15 (17–6) Ron Polk 2
(last: 1979)
6th
(1979)
1–4
Oklahoma State Big 8 49–15 (12–6) Gary Ward 8
(last: 1968)
1st
(1959)
19–15
South Carolina n/a 44–13 (n/a) June Raines 2
(last: 1977)
2nd
(1975, 1977)
7–4
Texas SWC 58–9–1 (16–5) Cliff Gustafson 18
(last: 1979)
1st
(1949, 1950, 1975)
38–32

Results

Bracket

  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 Semifinals
  Oklahoma State 8       Oklahoma State 4
  Texas 1513           Arizona State 7
      Texas 3    
      Arizona State 12  
  Arizona State 10    
  South Carolina 7  

Game results

Date Game Winner Score Loser Notes
May 30 Game 1 Mississippi State 4–0 Michigan
Game 2 Arizona State 11–2 Texas
May 31 Game 3 Oklahoma State 8–5 (10 innings) South Carolina
Game 4 Miami (FL) 6–1 Maine
June 1 Game 5 Arizona State 4–3 Mississippi State
June 2 Game 6 Oklahoma State 12–6 Miami (FL)
Game 7 Texas 6–5 Michigan Michigan eliminated
June 3 Game 8 South Carolina 12–7 Maine Maine eliminated
June 4 Game 9 Oklahoma State 11–10 (13 innings) Arizona State Oklahoma St. qualified for final
Game 10 Texas 5–4 Miami (FL) Miami (FL) eliminated
June 5 Game 11 South Carolina 6–5 Mississippi State Mississippi State eliminated
June 6 Game 12 Texas 15–8 (13 innings) Oklahoma State
Game 13 Arizona State 10–7 South Carolina South Carolina eliminated
June 7 Game 14 Arizona State 12–3 Texas Texas eliminated
June 8 Final Arizona State 7–4 Oklahoma State Arizona State wins CWS

All-Tournament Team

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

Position Player School
P Kevin Dukes Arizona State
Don Mundie Mississippi State
C Burk Goldthorn Texas
1B Alvin Davis Arizona State
2B Ray Etchebarren Oklahoma State
3B Mike Sodders Arizona State
SS Rod Carraway South Carolina
OF Mark Gillaspie Mississippi State
Stan Holmes (MOP) Arizona State
Mickey Tettleton Oklahoma State
DH Lemmie Miller Arizona State

Notable players

See also

References

  1. ^ "NCAA Men's College World Series Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2009. p. 195. Retrieved August 27, 2014.
  2. ^ "NCAA Men's College World Series Records" (PDF). NCAA. 2009. p. 203-204. Retrieved 22 April 2012.